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Pingenot Auction, Lot 172


172. [LUNDY, BENJAMIN]. The War in Texas; A Review of Facts and Circumstances, Showing that This Contest Is the Result of a Long Premeditated Crusade Against Mexico, Set on Foot and Supported by Slaveholders, Land-Speculators, &c. with the View of Re-establishing, Extending, and Perpetuating the System of Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Republic of Mexico. By a Citizen of the United States. Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, Merrihew and Gunn, 1836. 56 [1] pp., printed in double column. 8vo, original blue printed wrappers. Light waterstain affecting upper right front wrapper and title, occasional inconsequential foxing, overall a fine copy in the rare wraps (this is the only copy with original wrappers that we find offered in the market, back to 1975). The upper wrap bears the contemporary ink ownership inscription of the "Plymouth A[nti]-S[lavery] Library, No. 1" and ink notation below "2 cts. per week" (repeated at foot of title). Provenance: This copy belonged to Thomas W. Streeter, the premier bibliographer of Texana; the cream of his Texas collection now resides at Yale. On the title are Streeter’s distinctive diminutive pencil notes on title-page pointing out list of empresarios, Galveston & Texas Land Company, John Quincy Adams’ famous speech on Texas and its publication in Mexico, etc. Preserved in an archival half brown mottled tan calf and beige cloth folding case.
        First edition of one of the most influential anti-slavery treatises on Texas. Eberstadt, Texas 162:503: "Copies with wrappers are the exception....While entirely innocent of the slightest impartiality, Lundy’s dialectics are fortified with careful personal observations gleaned from three trips to Texas in 1832, 1833, and 1834." Howes L569. Library of Congress. Texas Centennial Exhibition.88. Rader 2266. Raines, p. 141: "Anything but favorable to Texas." Streeter 1217. "Believing that the slavery problem could be solved by settling free blacks in thinly populated regions, [Lundy] visited Haiti and Canada and between the years 1830 and 1835 paid three visits to Texas in hopes of obtaining land for such a colony. While in Texas he talked to free blacks, planters, and Mexican officials and visited Nacogdoches, San Antonio, and the Brazos and Rio Grande areas. He concluded that Texas was an ideal place for his colonization experiment; the Mexican government was friendly to his proposal. The Texas Revolution intervened before Lundy could carry out his plans, however, and the Republic of Texas legalized slavery. Lundy charged that the revolution was a slaveholders’ plot to take Texas from Mexico and to add slave territory to the United States. He began publishing the National Enquirer and Constitutional Advocate of Universal Liberty in Philadelphia in August 1836 to set forth his thesis. In the same year he published The War in Texas, a pamphlet arguing against the annexation of Texas to the United States. Lundy won many influential adherents, among them John Quincy Adams, who represented his views in the United States Congress. Adams, Lundy, and their followers were instrumental in delaying the annexation of Texas for nine years."—The Handbook of Texas Online: Benjamin Lundy).