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Texas Annexation Propaganda

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190.     FOOTE, Henry Stuart. Texas and the Texans; or, Advance of the Anglo-Americans to the South-West; Including a History of Leading Events in Mexico, from the Conquest by Fernando Cortes to the Termination of the Texan Revolution. Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. [on versos of titles: J. Fagan, Stereotyper. T.K. and P.G. Collins, Printers], 1841. Vol. I: [i-iii] iv-viii, [13] 14-314, [1] 2-24 [publisher’s catalogue] pp. Vol. II: [i-iii] iv-v [1, blank], [7]8-403 [1, blank] pp. 2 vols., 12mo (19.3 x 12.7 cm), original dark slate green cloth, blind-embossed sides, spines gilt lettered and ruled and with gilt lone stars. Binding slightly rubbed and covers of Vol. II waterstained, spinal extremities lightly chipped, spines varnished and with old library call number in ink. Vol. II wants rear free endpaper, evidence of removal on lower pastedowns. Except for light scattered foxing, text is fine.

     First edition. Basic Texas Books 63: “One of the most influential books on Texas in its time, this work is still of considerable value and interest. It suffers from the intense prejudices of the author, but it nevertheless provides material on numerous aspects of Texas history not available elsewhere. Foote wrote his work as a deliberate piece of propaganda, with the goal of encouraging annexation to Texas to the U.S. This objective led Foote into some startling statements, such as his remarks against the Mexicans, ‘whose extermination may yet become necessary for the repose of this continent.’” Bradford 1725. Eberstadt, Texas 162:292b: “Contains many rare documents and is a valuable authority. Foote wrote at the request and with the aid of the most prominent Texas pioneers and officials of the Republic.” Graff 1376. Howes F238. Rader 1425. Raines, p. 84. Sabin 25019. Streeter 1377: “This is a very discursive account of Texas history down to the opening years of the Republic of Texas, but, with judicious skipping, a rather entertaining one.” Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 1107: “One chapter concerns Cherokee efforts to secure a land grant in East Texas during the 1820s.”

     Streeter notes that in his copy there is inserted the 1842 edition of Young’s New Map of Texas. In the preface, Foote promises a third volume (never published) and a map (perhaps explaining the occasional insertion of the Young map in the set). Streeter explores some book lore relating to this title, noting that the Boston Public Library was supposed to have Foote’s portrait, which turned out to be a false report.

     Foote (1804-1880), a Virginia native, was a prominent Texas historian and author. He sat out the Civil War in Europe. See Handbook of Texas Online: Henry Stuart Foote and Dictionary of National Biography.


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