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Pingenot Auction, Lot 179


179. MAILLARD, N. Doran. The History of the Republic of Texas, from the Discovery of the Country to the Present, and the Cause of Her Separation from Mexico. London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1842. xxiv, 512 [1, ad for Emigration Gazette] [24, ads] pp., folding lithographic map of Texas with original outline coloring to boundaries and lone star at lower left: A New Map of Texas, 1841. Day & Haghe Lithrs to the Queen (42.0 x 39.0 cm; 16-7/16 x 15-1/4 inches). 8vo, original blind-stamped black cloth, gilt-lettered title on spine. One clean split to map (easy to repair), otherwise a superb copy—the best we’ve handled—preserved in a black cloth slipcase. Very rare.
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 134: "The most vitriolic denunciation of the Republic of Texas [comprising] a compendium of everything bad that could be claimed about Texas and Texans of those times." Graff 2663: "Texas cut down to size—a difficult feat even in 1842." Howes M225. Raines, p. 144. Streeter 1422: "Though this account of Texas has little value as a history because of Maillard’s extreme bias, it should be included in Texas collections as an example of what can be said about Texas by one who hates it....What wounded Maillard’s ego during the six months in 1839 he spent in Texas is not known, but it has caused him to characterize Texas (p. 206) as ‘a country filled with habitual liars, drunkards, blasphemers, and slanderers, sanguinary gamesters and cold-blooded assassins’ and more to the same effect. Stephen F. Austin is referred to, at page 30, as ‘the prince of hypocrites,’ and James Bowie, at page 104, as ‘monster’....Incidentally, at page vi, Maillard speaks of himself as ‘an impartial historian.’" Vandale, Texianameter 113. Webb, Texana IV: Texas as a Republic 10. Pingenot: First and only edition; never reprinted. Maillard practiced law in Texas in 1840 and edited a newspaper there while writing this bitter denunciation of the new republic. The first third of the book is devoted to the Texas Revolution, using original material gathered from participants and presenting the anti-Texan viewpoint. See The Handbook of Texas Online (Nicholas Doran Maillard).
        If you hate Texas, then this is definitely the book for you. But let us proceed in a positive fashion, and that would be the rare and excellent map of the Republic of Texas, which Streeter describes thus: "The map is the best feature of the book, for among its classifications shown in colored lines are the political boundaries of Texas under Spain and the territory now ‘absolutely in the possession of the Texians.’" The map was created by the excellent British firm of William Day & Louis Haghe, Lithographers to the Queen (see Tooley, 1999 edition, p. 343. The Day firm, which permutated though several incarnations, produced some of the superior lithographs and engravings found in Plains & Rockies titles, and the firm made early use of the chromolithographic process to produce printed block color. This book is one of those strange anomalies in today’s Texana market, in that the map is probably worth more than the book. Should some misguided soul acquire this book and map and then remove the map, may the map transform into a serpent in his hand and rend him lifeless.