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AUCTION 18

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

Lot 27

Primary account of the Texas Revolution from the Mexican point of view

27. FILISOLA, Vicente. Representación dirigida al Supremo Gobierno por el General Vicente Filisola, en defensa de su honor y aclaración de sus operaciones como General en Gefe del Ejército sobre Tejas. Mexico: Ignacio Cumplido, 1836. 82 pp. 8vo, original full Mexican tree sheep with gilt-rolled borders. Binding rubbed and worn, lacking front free endpaper, title abraded and with old ink note at top left, occasional light foxing.  With light, gentle conservation, this copy would be much improved. At rear is the old pencil note price of $150 in the hand of long-time dealer-scout-dentist of Mexico City, Roberto Valles (R.I.P.), supplier to Eberstadt, Howell, et al.

     First edition. Basic Texas Books 61. Eberstadt, Texas 162:293: “Seldom found with the printed wrappers.” Graff 1321. Howes F127. Palau 91610. Raines, p. 82. Streeter 853: “The classic account of the retreat of the Mexicans through Texas after the battle of San Jacinto and a masterly defense by Filisola of his acts in ordering and conducting the retreat. In an order dated May 31, 1836, Tornel, the Secretary of War had relieved Filisola of his command, replacing him with Urrea, and...after the news of the public treaty made by Santa Anna at Velasco...he was commanded to return to Mexico and stand trial for his conduct.... Here he gives a detailed account of the retreat, in which the charges against him made by his former subordinate Urrea, and others, are shown up in beautiful fashion. That Filisola's reply struck home is shown by Urrea's statement [in] his Diario...Militares...that Filisola's Representación 'insults me, abuses me, satirizes me, and belittles me.'... At his trial [Filisola] was exonerated.” Vandale 66. ($2,000-4,000)

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