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October 26, 2007

The Architect of Annexation

64. JONES, Anson. Memoranda and Official Correspondence Relating to the Republic of Texas, Its History and Annexation. Including a Brief Autobiography of the Author. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 346 & 348 Broadway, 1859. [2], 648, [4 ads] pp., steel-engraved frontispiece portrait. 8vo (24 x 16 cm), original brown blind-embossed cloth, spine gilt lettered. Spine faded, first and last leaves foxed (as usual), offsetting from portrait to title, portrait moderately foxed, otherwise very good, much better than usually found. 1932 gift inscription to John A. James.

            First edition. Basic Texas Books 113: “The only formal autobiography of a president of the Republic of Texas.... Billington called it ‘one of the fullest accounts of the early history of Texas and an essential source of information on its republican period and annexation.’ Jones came to Texas in 1833 and became a participant in the activities leading to the revolt against Mexico, surgeon and judge advocate at the Battle of San Jacinto, Secretary of State under Houston, and last President of Texas. His activities on behalf of Texas led him to be called, quite justly, ‘the Architect of Annexation.’” Eberstadt, Texas 162:450. Howes J191. Raines, p. 129. Sabin 36455. Tate, The Indians of Texas 2071. Jones (1798-1858) was a doctor and a congressman, in addition to being the the Republic of Texas’s last president. He committed suicide in 1858 and his memoirs were published posthumously. See Handbook of Texas Online (Anson Jones). Jones portrays Sam Houston as a less than heroic figure. ($300-500)

Sold. Hammer: $250.00; Price Realized: $293.75

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