address). Here is a fascinating, apparently unknown letter illuminat-
ing an obscure phase of the early life of David G. Burnet (
speculator, lawyer, politician, and
rebrand soldier of fortune, who
came to Texas in
, subsequently obtained an empresario grant,
and served as
rst interim president of the Republic of Texas during
the pivotal time from March
. Burnet wrote this
letter when he was with Sebastián Francisco de Miranda y
expedition to Caracas, Venezuela, in his ill-
fated attempt to liberate the country. Burnet rails against political
developments in England that might thwart Miranda and in the
most dramatic terms expresses his hatred of the Spanish hold on its
American possessions and his desire for the English nation to break
the Spanish tyranny. This extraordinary letter documents yet anoth-
er instance in Burnet’s life wherein his designs and hopes were frus-
trated, a theme that seemed to pervade his entire life. Burnet’s
amed passion for liberating South America stands in odd contrast
to his reluctance to seek the same type of independence for Texas. An
important letter written by the eventual
rst President of the
Republic of Texas.
. [CALIFORNIA]. [OLD TOWN PASADENA: CASTLE
GREEN & HOTEL GREEN COMPLEX]. Anonymous untitled
oversize chromolithograph of the resort in Old Town Pasadena,
California. N.p., n.d. [ca.
]. Image size:
cm. Other than a few minor nicks and short tears
to blank margins, a very
ne, brilliant copy. The image o
ers a grand
view of the lavish resort-hotel complex with its rambling red-tiled
architecture blended from Spanish, Moorish, Victorian, and other
stylistic elements incorporating domes, arches, pillars, balconies, and
verandahs. A transition in transportation modes is documented in
the presence of horse-drawn carriages and early open automobiles
ng out little streams of white smoke. Many people are milling
about, attired in fancy late Victorian garb. A landmark of Old Town
Pasadena architecture, the complex was built between
to cater to easterners and others wishing to escape winter rigor.
. [CALIFORNIA MISSIONS]. ZERTAJE, Juan José. Letter in
secretarial hand but signed by Zertaje, to Fray José Señán, President
of the California missions and missionary at San Buenaventura. San
vo. Lightly creased at center where for-
merly folded, otherwise very
ne. The letter gives an accounting of
expenditures in favor of mission San Buenaventura, reports on the
unavailability of lead for bells, impossibility of sending tallow to
Mexico due to blocked roads, and war news. The Naval Department
of San Blas was founded on the coast of Nayarit to supply the new
mission establishments by sea and to send goods to New Spain, par-
ticularly hides and tallow. This report by the commissary re
numerous problems faced by California missions following the open-
ing of the wars of Mexican and South American independence in
. CATLIN, George.
Westward Bound a Hundred Years Ago. Sketches
by Tom Lea.
The Pass of the North: [Carl Hertzog],
nal grey paper over yellow printed boards. Very
ne in pristine glass-
First edition, limited edition
copies), the knife-edge spine, with “A Hundred Years Ago” printed
on upper board. Designed and illustrated by Tom Lea. Dykes,
Great Western Illustrators
. Hinshaw & Lovelace,
Printer at the Pass
: “One night while reading Catlin’s
Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs and Conditions of the North
Tom Lea came upon a page that struck him as par-
ticularly lyric. ‘Every paragraph asked its own page and every page its
own picture.’ The result was this volume. To save money at the time
of issue, only
books were bound (with a knife-edge spine).” A rar-
ity of both artist Tom Lea and master printer Carl Hertzog, and a
harmonious blending of their unique talents which resulted in works
of superb design and quality. Tom Lea (
) who served as a
World War II correspondent was a well-known historian, novelist,
illustrator and Texas artist.
. CHAMIZAL ARBITRATION. CASASUS, Joaquín D[eme-
El Chamizal: Demanda, réplica, alegato é informes....
Eusebio Gómez de la Puente, Editor,
to, original wrappers.
Light wear and foxing to fragile wraps, interior
This work is a collection of legal presentations made to the
arbitration panel charged with deciding the Chamizal boundary dis-
pute that arose due to the natural shift of the Rio Grande channel in
, placing in Texas about
acres of formerly Mexican territory
as awarded in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The matter was not
nally decided until
when President Kennedy decided to go
with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and give the disputed territo-
ry to Mexico instead of abiding by the Rio Grande’s decision.
. CHAMIZAL ARBITRATION.
Chamizal Arbitration. The Case
of the United States of America before the International Boundary
Commission United States-Mexico Hon. Eugene La
With Portfolio of Maps.
Washington: Government Printing O
folded maps depicting the area of dispute.
vo, original black
cloth. Very good.
Maps documenting the disputed area.
. [CHAMP D’ASILE]. HARTMANN, L[ouis] & [ Jean-
Le Texas, ou notice historique sur le Champ d’Asile....
. Folding copper-engraved frontispiece plan of French
Napoleonic exile settlement in Texas.
vo, recent sheep over marbled
boards. Title slightly creased and with one small ink spot (not
ecting any letters), mild to moderate foxing to text. From the
library of Louis-Alexandre Barbet (
), railroad engineer,
author, and collector.
First edition. Basic Texas Books
: “Best contem-
porary account of the ill-fated colony of Napoleonic refugees in
Fifty Texas Rarities
. Howes H
. Raines, p.
: “Brief but more or less consecutive account of the founding of
the colony, the life there, the retreat to Galveston, and the dispersal
of the colonists to the four winds.”
. [CHAMP D’ASILE].
La Minerve Française.
Paris: Au Bureau de
la Minerve Française, February,
each lack the two leaves of index, supplied in
vo, contemporary calf over marbled boards. Except
for light binding wear and occasional mild, scattered foxing, a
set. Complete copies are notoriously di
cult to locate.
Bibliographie historique et critique de la presse périodique
. This work, famous for many reasons, was the
most important French publication that positively agitated the cause
of the Champ d’Asile colony in Texas, towards which the editors
were quite sympathetic. Over thirty articles, notices, and other mate-
rials relating to the colony appeared.