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    William Davis Robinson. Memoirs of the Mexican Revolution; Including a Narrative of the Expedition of General Xavier Mina. London: Printed for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Lepard, 1821. 8vo, 328; 389 pages. First London edition. In two volumes. With a foldout map, measuring 13.75" x 13.75", titled Map of Part of New Spain; Shewing the Track of General Mina: with the proposed Places for Uniting the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans. Compiled from the best Authorities. 1821. B.R. Baker Lithogr Printed by C. Hullman del. General Mina's journey is denoted in red. Spots of scattered foxing. Small .5" tear at the right edge. Both volumes are bound in full calf with black leather spine label stamped in gilt.

    Being an account of General Xavier Mina's expedition from Galveston Island to Soto la Marina, a few miles inland from the Mexican coast, as well as his later march into Mexico where he met his doom. Author Robinson obtained data on Mina and his expedition in part from the journal of an Englishman who accompanied Mina from England to Mexico and is believed to have escaped. This is the second and more desirable edition of a rare Texas and Latin American book. As reported in Howes R380, it is the "Chief contemporary authority on the audacious filibustering expedition against Mexico under Mina, launched with a handful of men, through Texas in 1817. Notable also for its advocacy of a communication between the Atlantic and Pacific via Nicaragua." Raines calls it "One of the standard histories of the Mexican Revolution."

    Robinson's Memoirs is also one of the few contemporary sources for the Mexican experiences of Samuel Bangs, the first Texas printer, who accompanied Mina and created the first Texas imprints during this expedition. The 1821 London edition seems to be the most desirable, due to its fine engraving of General Mina, its map, and its extensive index. Some later repairs to Vol. I spine, but overall in fine condition.

    Reference: Streeter 1080A. Howes R380. Palau 271093. Raines, p. 176. Sabin 72203 (Sabin also lists a Dutch edition and a German edition [Sabin 72205, 72206]).


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