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address). Here is a fascinating, apparently unknown letter illuminat-

ing an obscure phase of the early life of David G. Burnet (

1788

-

1870

),

speculator, lawyer, politician, and

fi

rebrand soldier of fortune, who

came to Texas in

1817

, subsequently obtained an empresario grant,

and served as

fi

rst interim president of the Republic of Texas during

the pivotal time from March

17

to October

22

,

1836

. Burnet wrote this

letter when he was with Sebastián Francisco de Miranda y

Rodríguez’

1806

-

1807

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

in

fl

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

fi

rst President of the

Republic of Texas.

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30

. [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.

1903

]. Image size:

32

x

118

.

5

cm. Overall

sheet size:

36

x

122

cm. Other than a few minor nicks and short tears

to blank margins, a very

fi

ne, brilliant copy. The image o

ff

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

pu

ffi

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

1898

and

1903

to cater to easterners and others wishing to escape winter rigor.

(

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)

31

. [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

Blas, March

3

,

1813

.

2

pp.,

8

vo. Lightly creased at center where for-

merly folded, otherwise very

fi

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

fl

ects the

numerous problems faced by California missions following the open-

ing of the wars of Mexican and South American independence in

1810

.

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32

. CATLIN, George.

Westward Bound a Hundred Years Ago. Sketches

by Tom Lea.

The Pass of the North: [Carl Hertzog],

1939

.

4

to, origi-

nal grey paper over yellow printed boards. Very

fi

ne in pristine glass-

ine wrapper.

First edition, limited edition

(#

28

of

115

numbered, signed

copies), the knife-edge spine, with “A Hundred Years Ago” printed

on upper board. Designed and illustrated by Tom Lea. Dykes,

Fifty

Great Western Illustrators

(Lea)

115

. Hinshaw & Lovelace,

Lea

32

.

Lowman,

Printer at the Pass

11

: “One night while reading Catlin’s

Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs and Conditions of the North

American Indian,

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

57

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 (

1907

-

2001

) who served as a

World War II correspondent was a well-known historian, novelist,

illustrator and Texas artist.

(

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)

33

. CHAMIZAL ARBITRATION. CASASUS, Joaquín D[eme-

trio].

El Chamizal: Demanda, réplica, alegato é informes....

Mexico:

Eusebio Gómez de la Puente, Editor,

1911

.

4

to, original wrappers.

Light wear and foxing to fragile wraps, interior

fi

ne, unopened.

First

edition.

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

1864

, placing in Texas about

600

acres of formerly Mexican territory

as awarded in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The matter was not

fi

nally decided until

1963

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.

(

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34

. CHAMIZAL ARBITRATION.

Chamizal Arbitration. The Case

of the United States of America before the International Boundary

Commission United States-Mexico Hon. Eugene La

fl

eur, Presiding...

With Portfolio of Maps.

Washington: Government Printing O

ffi

ce,

1911

.

8

folded maps depicting the area of dispute.

8

vo, original black

cloth. Very good.

First edition.

Maps documenting the disputed area.

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35

. [CHAMP D’ASILE]. HARTMANN, L[ouis] & [ Jean-

Baptiste] Millard.

Le Texas, ou notice historique sur le Champ d’Asile....

Paris,

1819

. Folding copper-engraved frontispiece plan of French

Napoleonic exile settlement in Texas.

8

vo, recent sheep over marbled

boards. Title slightly creased and with one small ink spot (not

a

ff

ecting any letters), mild to moderate foxing to text. From the

library of Louis-Alexandre Barbet (

1850

-

1931

), railroad engineer,

author, and collector.

First edition. Basic Texas Books

85

: “Best contem-

porary account of the ill-fated colony of Napoleonic refugees in

Texas.” Eberstadt,

Texas

162

:

386

.

Fifty Texas Rarities

6

. Howes H

270

.

Monaghan

792

. Rader

1807

. Raines, p.

109

. Sabin

30706

. Streeter

1069

: “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.”

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36

. [CHAMP D’ASILE].

La Minerve Française.

Paris: Au Bureau de

la Minerve Française, February,

1818

-February

1820

.

113

numbers in

9

vols. (vols.

2

-

4

&

6

each lack the two leaves of index, supplied in

Xerox facsimile).

8

vo, contemporary calf over marbled boards. Except

for light binding wear and occasional mild, scattered foxing, a

fi

ne

set. Complete copies are notoriously di

ffi

cult to locate.

First edition

.

Hatin,

Bibliographie historique et critique de la presse périodique

française

, pp.

342

-

343

. 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.

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