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88. DE CORDOVA, Jacob. Texas: Her Resources and
Her Public Men. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1858. 375 pp.
Small 8vo, original blindstamped brown cloth, gilt.
Slightly rubbed and worn at spinal extremities, else
First edition, second issue, with the added index (first issue came out same year). Basic Texas Books 38A: "The first attempt at an encyclopedia of Texas, this work contains a wealth of still-useful material....DeCordova, a native of Jamaica...[and] one of the earliest Jewish settlers in Texas...did some of the first genuine scholarly research ever done in Texas while compiling the book, interviewing leading men, researching newspaper files, searching county court records....The volume includes biographies, land laws, climatology, statistics, articles on railroads, the cotton industry, sheep raising, geology, schools, farming, slavery, churches, cattle, the lumber industry, gambling, and other subjects." Dykes, Western High Spots ("Western MovementIts Literature"), pp. 12-13. Howes D201. Rader 1097. Raines, p. 68.