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“The Anti-Texass Legion”

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11.     ANTI-TEXAS LEGION. [Cover title] The Anti-Texass Legion. Protest of Some Free Men, States and Presses against the Texass Rebellion, against the Laws of Nature and of Nations. [woodcut, allegorical illustration of the Goddess of Texas struggling with a female figure labelled “Hope,” below which is the legend] Ruthless Rapine, Righteous Hope defies. “Ye serpents! ye generation of vipers!! How can ye escape the damnation of hell!!!” 1844. Sold at the Patriot Office, No. 9 Exchange St. Albany. Six cts. single; 50 per dozen; $3 per hundred; $25 per thousand. Albany, 1844. [72] pp., a few woodcuts in text, including Mexican eagle with snake at end, with caption: The Free Eagle of Mexico Grappling the Cold Blooded Viper, Tyranny or Texas. 12mo (18.6 x 11.3 cm), original stitching. Title darkened, lower blank corner chipped and very lightly waterstained, overall very good.

     An edition of which the first sixty pages are reprinted from the second edition of Legion of Liberty and Force of Truth (Streeter 1419A). American Imprints (1844) 231. Eberstadt, Texas 162:22: “A violent attack on slavery and the annexation of Texas.” Sabin 95069 (citing two editions and referring to other variants): “A collection of extracts from speeches, articles, documents, etc., the first of which, ‘Texas and Mexico,’ is by Benjamin Lundy.” Streeter 1473: “The Library of Congress says that the preface to the 10th edition is signed J.R.A. [i.e., Julius Rubens Ames?].” This pamphlet is one of several similar published by the American Anti-Slavery Society, which Streeter (1419) generally characterizes as a “hodge podge of comments attacking slavery made by individual societies, and others.” The last page is a form for petitioning Congress to reject the annexation of Texas to the United States.


Sold. Hammer: $125.00; Price Realized: $150.00

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