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260.     LUBBOCK, Francis Richard. Six Decades in Texas, or Memoirs of Francis Richard Lubbock, Governor of Texas in War-Time, 1861-63, a Personal Experience in Business, War, and Politics. Edited by C.W. Raines…Illustrated with Full Page Engravings and Etchings. Austin: Ben C. Jones & Co. Printers, 1900. [i-vi] vii-xvi, [1] 2-685 [1, blank] pp., 20 plates (portraits and scenes), numerous text illustrations. 8vo (23.7 x 16 cm), original three-quarter maroon sheep over green cloth, title and lone star in gilt on upper cover, spine gilt lettered, edges sprinkled, floral endpapers. Moderate shelf wear and spinal extremities slightly chipped, one small stain on upper cover, otherwise fine with contemporary ownership inscription.

     First edition, deluxe edition in the special binding with gilt star on upper cover. Basic Texas Books 130. Bradford 3088. Dobie, p. 52. Howes L542. Nevins, Civil War Books II:196. Parrish, Civil War Texana 59. Rader 2259. Raines, p. 141.

     Lubbock arrived in Texas in 1836 and was one of Houston’s first residents. He was narrowly defeated in the first mayoral election, served as lieutenant governor of Texas in 1857, and became the first Texas governor elected under the Confederacy. He served on the staff of Gen. John B. Magruder, and later as Jefferson Davis’ aide, to whom he supplied firsthand information on the Trans-Mississippi Department. At the end of the war Lubbock fled Richmond with Davis and was captured by federal authorities in Georgia. He was imprisoned in Fort Delaware and kept in solitary confinement for eight months before being paroled. He was elected state treasurer in 1878 and served six terms. Chapter 7 is largely devoted to ranching, describing Lubbock’s ranch and cowboys before the Civil War. Chapter 14 revisits the ranch and also discusses the camel experiment. Galveston and the “Beef Packery” are covered in Chapter 33. Z.T. Fulmore wrote an excellent review of Lubbock’s book, bringing out little-known aspects of the man (Southwestern Historical Quarterly Online, Vol. III, No. 4, pp. 283-284), including this assessment: “Its value, as a contribution to the history of Texas, consists mainly in the elaborate background to the bare historical picture furnished by others, yet there is enough new historic material to make it exceedingly valuable for that alone.” The prospectus for this book sums up the work pretty well: “A wonderful book, and indespensable [sic] to all who would read between the [l]ines of Texas history.”


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