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AUCTION 18

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

Lot 38

Searching in Texas for Homes for Freed Slaves

38. [LUNDY, Benjamin]. The Life, Travels and Opinions of Benjamin Lundy, Including His Journeys to Texas and Mexico; with a Sketch of Cotemporary [sic] Events, and a Notice of the Revolution in Hayti. Compiled under the Direction and on Behalf of His Children [compiled by T. Earle]. Philadelphia: Parrish, 1847. [4, blank] [5]-316 pp., frontispiece mezzotint portrait, engraved map with original full color: California, Texas, Mexico, and Part of the United States. Compiled from the Latest and Best Authorities. (21.5 x 26 cm; 8-1/2 x 10-1/8 inches). 12mo, original dark teal blind-stamped cloth, spine gilt lettered. Binding slightly worn at extremities, mild discoloration to cloth. Slight to moderate foxing to text and map browned. Overall a very good copy. Contemporary pencil ownership signature of Isaac Powell.

     First edition. Clark, Old South III:66: “Contains Lundy’s journals kept on his journeys to Texas, 1833-34 and 1834-35, in search of suitable places for the colonization of freed slaves.” Eberstadt, Texas 162:505: “Diary of his journey through Texas in 1833-35 touching at Brazoria, Austin, and San Antonio. Contains much on the country and its products, local manners, etc.” Graff 1195. Howes E10. Matthews, pp. 255-6: “The most traveled of the abolitionists was Lundy, who said he had walked 5,000 miles and had rode another 20,000. He went to nineteen states, Haiti, Canada, Texas, and Mexico.” Plains & Rockies IV:108n. Streeter 1169n: “A most interesting Texas book because of Lundy’s three journeys to Texas.... Lundy was a keen observer and in his journeys refers to many of the prominent Texans.” This book is one of the few contemporary sources on pioneer printer Samuel Bangs.

     The colorful map (which is not listed by Wheat) shows the Nueces Strip and the Panhandle uncolored and has printed on it: Explanation. The part left uncoloured between the Rio Grande and Nueces & C. shows the old and new boundaries of Texas, forming the territory in dispute between the U. States and Mexico. ($750-1,500)

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