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Pingenot Auction, Lot 106


106. FILISOLA, Vicente. Memorias para la historia de la guerra de Tejas.... Mexico: Ignacio Cumplido, 1849. 511 [1] [2] + 267 pp. 2 vols., 8vo, contemporary half black Mexican calf over rose mottled boards, spines lettered and decorated in gilt. Superb condition, crisp and fresh, in a handsome Mexican binding of the period.
        First edition of the Cumplido edition of Filisola’s memoirs (Rafael published an edition in Mexico in 1848 and 1849). Basic Texas Books 62: "The best account by a Mexican contemporary of the American conquest of Texas. Eugene C. Barker called it ‘the only comprehensive history of the colonization of Texas and the Texas Revolution from the Mexican point of view.’ This work—or works—is bibliographically confusing. It is actually composed of two different works of two volumes each, both with the same title.... The Cumplido basically an entirely new work...neither a reprint of the Rafael nor a continuation.... The Rafael and Cumplido editions each stand on their own as separate works but complement each other so much that both are necessary to have a complete account." Howes F126. Palau 91612. Rader 1381. Raines, p. 82.
        Streeter 853n: "Filisola, in two quite different, especially in the Cumplido work, a much fuller account of the Texas campaign in 1836 and of the attempts of a Texas campaign in 1837.... The Cumplido imprint reports in detail upon the military operations from the taking of the Alamo in March 1836, to about August 1, 1837. The account for the period from the taking of the Alamo to shortly after the Battle of San Jacinto is much fuller than in...the Raphael imprint.... What Filisola calls the second campaign against Texas began in October, 1836, and is covered in the remaining pages, 397-511, of Volume I and the 267 pages of Volume II. This work printed by Cumplido is largely made up of army orders issued during the period.... One of the most important sources on Texas from the 1820s through 1837...enriched with scores of original documents and military orders unavailable elsewhere." Filisola received a colonization grant in Texas in 1831, and in November of 1835 he was appointed second in command to Santa Anna on the Mexican campaign to put down the rebellious Texans. See The New Handbook of Texas Online (Filisola). With this set, we include a copy of the 2-vol. English translation of the Raphael edition, published by Eakin Press in 1985 (very fine in dust jackets).
(4 vols.)