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564.     YOAKUM, Henderson K[ing]. History of Texas from Its First Settlement to Its Annexation to the United States in 1846. By H. Yoakum, Esq…. With an Extended Index. New York: Redfield, 34 Beekman Street, New York, 1856. Vol. I: [1-3] 4-482, [1] 2-4 (publishers ads) pp. + Vol. II: [1-3] 4-576 pp., 11 lithographs: 4 portraits, view of mission, facsimile of a letter, 5 maps and plans. 2 vols., 8vo (23.5 x 16 cm), original blind-embossed brown cloth, spines gilt-lettered. Light wear to spine extremities and corners, otherwise the binding is fine (seldom encountered thus). Vol. I upper hinge open, two leaves and one plate in Vol. I sprung. Vol. II front free endpaper missing. Endpapers and plates heavily browned (frontispiece to Vol. I with quarter-size light spot). Colton map very fine. Scattered light to moderate foxing to text. Overall a good copy of a book usually found in wretched condition and rebound. Vol. I with contemporary ink ownership inscription of Sarah Gordon Lister. For complete plate and map list, consult web site.)

     Second edition. The first edition came out in 1855 (Vandale 200); according to standard book lore, most copies of the first printing were destroyed by fire. Basic Texas Books 224A: “Includes the very valuable ‘Memoir of Colonel Ellis P. Bean,’ one of the most important resources on Texas history during the early part of the nineteenth century. Yoakum had the use of materials, many no longer extant, provided to him by Sam Houston, Thomas J. Rusk, and numerous others. Contains numerous letters of Sam Houston never before published, and of the 1,266 footnotes in the main text, 739 are to original manuscripts, letters, or primary sources.” Bradford 6045. Eberstadt, Texas 162:921. Howes Y10. Rader 3773. Raines, p. 223 (citing only the second edition). Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 202: “Numerous references to the ‘Indian problem’ and efforts to solve it—all reflecting the frontiersman’s viewpoint.” Webb, Texana: Statehood 1.

     West Point man and historian Henderson King Yoakum (1810-1856) had his first taste of Texas in 1836 when he served as captain of a U.S. company of mounted militia near the Sabine River under Edmund P. Gaines during the critical period of the Texas revolution. John S. “Rip” Ford commented in his memoirs: “The presence in Texas of a portion of the regular army of the United States gave rise to many surmises.” Yoakum in the present work states that Gaines ordered elements of the Seventh United States Infantry to the Nacogdoches area to suppress Indian hostilities, thus freeing Houston’s army to deal with the Mexican invasion. Subsequently, Yoakum urged U.S. annexation of Texas while serving as a Tennessee senator. In 1845, he settled in Huntsville and was admitted to the bar. He served as a private under John C. Hays during the Mexican-American War and as lieutenant under James Gillespie at the battle of Monterrey. He lived the rest of his life in Huntsville and became fast friends with Sam Houston, from whom he obtained valuable first-hand information for this book, which is considered by some to be the first scholarly history of Texas. See Handbook of Texas Online: Henderson King Yoakum.

     Ron Tyler notes the lithograph portraits and San Jose mission view in his preliminary study of Texas lithographs of the nineteenth century. Peters (America on Stone, p. 225) comments on lithographer Konrad Huber: “Good lithographer of outline drawings by Darley for Sarony, Major & Knapp.” See also Groce & Wallace, p. 332, who spell his first name Conrad.


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