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Pingenot Auction, Lot 107

FILISOLA'S 1836 ACCOUNT OF THE MEXICAN RETREAT FROM TEXAS - ORIGINAL WRAPPERS

107. FILISOLA, Vicente. Representación dirigida al Supremo Gobierno por el General Vicente Filisola, en defensa de su honor y aclaración de sus operaciones como General en Gefe del Ejército sobre Tejas. Mexico: Ignacio Cumplido, 1836. 82 pp. 8vo, original brown printed wrappers within ornamental border, stitched. Fragile wraps with very slight wear and a few light spots, occasional light foxing to text, still a fine copy, in the rare wraps. Contemporary ink ownership inscription on upper wrapper. Preserved in dark brown morocco and marbled boards folding case.
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 61: "The best contemporary account of the Mexican retreat from Texas after the defeat of Santa Anna." Eberstadt, Texas 162:293: "Seldom found with the printed wrappers." Fifty Texas Rarities 17n (citing the English edition printed in Columbia, Texas, a copy of which will be offered in our Auction 11). Graff 1321. Howes F127. Palau 91610. Raines, p. 82. Streeter 853: "The classic account of the retreat of the Mexicans through Texas after the battle of San Jacinto and a masterly defense by Filisola of his acts in ordering and conducting the retreat. In an order dated May 31, 1836, Tornel, the Secretary of War had relieved Filisola of his command, replacing him with Urrea, and...after the news of the public treaty made by Santa Anna at Velasco...he was commanded to return to Mexico and stand trial for his conduct.... Here he gives a detailed account of the retreat, in which the charges against him made by his former subordinate Urrea, and others, are shown up in beautiful fashion. That Filisola's reply struck home is shown by Urrea's statement [in] his Diario...Militares...that Filisola's Representación 'insults me, abuses me, satirizes me, and belittles me.'... At his trial [Filisola] was exonerated." Vandale 66.
        Pingenot: One of the primary accounts of the Texas Revolution from the Mexican point of view. Filisola, a native of Italy who participated in many battles of the Napoleonic wars, received a colonization grant in Texas in 1831, and served as second in command to Santa Anna during the Texas campaign.
        See Handbook of Texas Online (Vicente Filisola). With the original edition, we include a copy of the 1965 Texian Press edition in English (mint in d.j.).
(2 vols.)
($1,500-3,000)