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16. [MAP & GUIDE]. EDWARD, David B. History of Texas; or, The Emigrant’s, Farmer’s, and Politician’s Guide to the Character, Climate, Soil and Productions of That Country: Geographically Arranged from Personal Observation and Experience. Cincinnati: Stereotyped and Published by J. A. James & Co., 1836. xii, -336 [2, ads] pp., folding engraved map of the Republic of Texas on onion-skin paper, grants hand-colored in outline: Map of Texas Containing the Latest Grants and Discoveries by E. F. Lee (32 x 21.6 cm; 12-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches). 12mo, original sheep, red leather label. Binding worn and abraded, occasional foxing, interior and the excellent map fine. The map, which is often lacking, is very fine and crisp, with excellent color retention. Old ex-library, with bookplates of Library of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio and lending library label of Blue Rapids Ladies’ Library Association. Ink presentation inscription dated 1849 by E. Easton Esq., who has also signed his name on title and map verso (not visible on printed image of map).
First edition. Basic Texas Books 53: “One of the best accounts of Texas on the eve of the Revolution. The book attempts to be unprejudiced, but the author was clearly anti-Texan at heart.” Clark, Old South III:35: “Like Mrs. Holley’s Texas, this work was extensively used as a basis for many other books on that state written in the 1830s and 1840s.” Howes E48: “Conditions just prior to the Revolution described by an actual observer.” Streeter 1199: “One of the essential Texas books. It gives a good account of the physical features and towns and products of Texas of 1835.” Edward reprints many scarce Texas laws and decrees. The excellent and handsome little map of Texas, which is based on the Austin-Tanner conformation, is one of the few maps of the Republic of Texas that can still be acquired at a somewhat reasonable price. ($1,500-3,000)