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First Historian of Texas 

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428.     MORFI, Juan Agustín. History of Texas 1673-1779 by Fray Juan Agustín Morfi, Missionary, Teacher, Historian. Translated, with Biographical Introduction and Annotations, by Carlos Eduardo Castañeda, Latin American Librarian, University of Texas. Albuquerque: The Quivira Society, 1935. 2 vols. Vol. I: [1-12] 13-242 pp., 4 plates (including frontispiece gravure of the Alamo); Vol. II: [6], 243-496 pp., folded outline map of Texas locating missions, presidios, pueblos, and villages. 2 vols., 8vo (25.5 x 16.5 cm), original white cloth over rose boards with gilt emblem of the Quivira Society on upper covers, spine gilt lettered. A few mild stains to spines, edges lightly foxed, otherwise a fine set.

     First edition (#257 of 500 copies). Quivira Society Publications 6. Basic Texas Books 145: “Best contemporary eighteenth century history of Texas…. The volumes consist of a biography of Morfi, a list of his writings and extant letters, the text of his history, a bibliography, and index…. In 1777 he accompanied the Teodoro de Croix expedition as chaplain.” Campbell, p. 172. Howes M792. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 1814: “An essential source of descriptive information on Texas during the 1770s…. Morfi’s lengthy discussion of the various Indian tribes in Texas comprises the best report of his generation, and Carlos Castañeda’s editing further assures accuracy for the original manuscript.” Rader 2444.

     Morfi (?-1783) is considered the first Texas historian. Included is a list of Texas ranches, especially around San Antonio. He accompanied Teodoro de Croix on his inspection mission in 1777-1778. See Handbook of Texas Online.


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