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EARLIEST DEPICTION OF THE BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO
219. MEYRICK, Edwin. Texian Grand March, for
the Piano Forte. Respectfully Dedicated to Genl.
Houston and his Brave Companions in Arms. New York:
Firth & Hall, 1835 [actually 1836]. 7 pp., folio,
lithographed illustration of Santa Anna surrendering his
sword to the wounded Houston, signed with monogram AF.
Spine neatly backed with matching archival paper. Very
fine copy. Preserved in a half tan levant morocco and
marbled boards folding
First edition (actually published in 1836), first state with lithographers monogram AF. Streeter and others have transcribed the monogram as FA, but according to Ron Tylers preliminary research on nineteenth-century Texas lithographs, the monogram has been attributed to Anthony Fleetwood (ca. 1800-after 1859). See Peters (America on Stone, pp. 186-89) for more information on Fleetwood (whose work he describes as "scarce and excellent") and Firth (published sheet music). Eberstadt, Texas 162:542: "An historic momentHouston Accepts Santa Annas sword." Library of Congress, Texas Centennial Exhibition 96. Streeter 1171 (two locations): "This has been entered under the copyright date of 1835, but obviously it must have been published sometiem after April 21, 1836, the date of the battle of San Jacinto." Webb, Texana, Revolution 13. Pingenot: One of the most famous pieces of Texas sheet music. The top half of the title page is handsome lithograph showing Santa Anna surrendering his sword to the wounded Houston. The Texan leader is sitting up in bed surrounded by two fellow officers and one armed guard. Despite the artists imaginative (and unrealistic) concept of the uniforms worn by the Texans, this is the earliest depiction of an aspect of the Battle of San Jacinto.