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AUCTION 18

Texas, California, the Southwest U.S., Mexico & the Borderlands:
Interesting books, broadsides, maps & ephemera

Lot 2

2. ALESSIO ROBLES, Vito. Coahuila y Texas en la Epoca Colonial. Mexico: Editorial Cultura, 1938. xii, 751 [1, blank], [2] pp., 18 plates & maps. [With]: Coahuila y Texas desde...la Independencia hasta el Tratado de Paz de Guadalupe Hidalgo. Mexico, 1945-1946. Mexico: 1945-1946. iii-xv [1, blank], 542 pp., 5 plates & maps + [3]-540 [2] pp., 9 plates & maps. Total: 32 plates & maps (some folding or in color), text illustrations. 3 vols., thick 8vo, original beige printed wrappers. Old cellophane over the wraps (original glassine wrappers not present), a few spots to wrappers, light foxing to text, generally a very good set. Presentation copy from Sr. Flores to [Charles] Downing, Eagle Pass, 1957.

     First edition, trade issue (a numbered, signed issue of 100 copies on thick paper came out simultaneously).Basic Texas Books 1: “Presents the history of Texas as a Spanish province and state from the Mexican viewpoint.” Griffin 2458 & 4903: “Provides a rich, solid history...a major work [that] will long be considered a standard work of reference.” Howes R382. Palau 6924. Steck, Borderlands, p. 53: “A splendid, authoritative study, heavily documented, with a rich bibliography.” In an age in which English has virtually become the world language, and Americans the most mono-lingual of cultured societies, it is difficult to understand why this fundamental work on the history of Spanish and Mexican Texas has never been translated. Alessio Robles (1879-1957) was a Saltillo-born historian, soldier, and politician who took active part in many of the Mexican political and military controversies during the early twentieth century. After being exiled in 1929, he spent time at the University of Texas (Austin) researching. ($200-400)

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