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    Thomas Falconer and William Bollaert: Notes of a Journey through Texas and New Mexico, in the Years 1841 and 1842. [bound with] Notes on the Coast Region of the Texan Territory: Taken During a Visit in 1842. Thomas Falconer, Esq., of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn; William Bollaert. 8vo. First edition. Separate printing from the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Volume XIII, Part 2, pages 199-244, London, 1843; [46] pages. Modern quarter brown cloth over marbled boards, lettered in gilt along the front joint. Sheets are largely unopened. Two important articles on Texas. Fine.

    Thomas Falconer's journey through Texas and New Mexico (pp. 199-226) is the first printing of the narrative of his journey from Galveston to Austin via San Antonio in 1841, followed by his account of the Texas Santa Fe Expedition and concluding with his argument that Texas was not part of Louisiana when it was ceded by Spain to France (see Streeter 1496). Falconer, a British adventurer and explorer who accompanied Kendall, was probably a secret agent of the British Foreign Office. Notes on the Coast Region of the Texas Territory Taken during a Visit in 1841 (pp. 226-44) by English scientist William Bollaert contains his observations on the coastline of the Republic, correcting previous misunderstandings about the configuration of the Texas coastline and clarifying and augmenting the recent findings of Commodore E. W. Moore of the Texas Navy.

    Reference: Streeter 415. Howes F15. Streeter 1496 (for Falconer piece).

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