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AUCTION 22

 

“earliest comprehensive history of Texas written by an active participant”



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82.     BROWN, John Henry. History of Texas, from 1685 to 1892. St. Louis: L.E. Daniell, Publisher, Printed by Becktold & Co., [1892-1893]. [1-2] 3-631 [1, blank] pp., 10 plates (including frontispiece portrait of author from photograph), text illustrations + [1-3] 4-591 [1, blank], 16 plates. 2 vols., thick 8vo (23.5 x 15.5 cm), original grey cloth, upper covers and spines with embossing in black and lettering in gilt, pale green floral endpapers. Mild to moderate shelf wear, Vol. I hinge cracked and loose, lower hinge of Vol. I starting, interior fine except for occasional mild foxing. This set is difficult to find in good condition and in original bindings.

     First edition. Basic Texas Books 22: “The earliest comprehensive history of Texas written by an active participant…. Replete with historical facts presented for the first time, and with incidents that would not have been remembered without Brown’s work. His descriptions of events in which he participated are vivid and memorable. The set is still useful today and forms one of the basic research sources for nineteenth-century Texas.” Greene, Sketches from the Five States of Texas: “One of the early, but generally reliable Texas historians” (p. 64). Howes B856. Rader 513. Raines, p. 32. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 151: “An account filled with standard stories of Indian atrocities and pioneer heroism.” The text mainly deals with politics and military matters, but there are short accounts of wild cattle corralled in Goliad and free grass and fence cutting troubles remedied during Governor Ireland’s administration. Brown (1820-1895) was an early Texas historian, politician, and newspaperman. After the Civil War he moved briefly to Mexico before returning to Texas. See Handbook of Texas Online: John Henry Brown.

($100-300)

Sold. Hammer: $375.00; Price Realized: $450.00

 

Auction 22 Abstracts

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