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Pingenot Auction, Lot 220

220. MEYRICK, Edwin. The Texian Grand March.... New York: Firth & Hall, 1 Franklin Square, 1836. 7 pp., folio, with lithographed illustration of Santa Anna surrending to Sam Houston. Some small tears at left blank margin (where removed from a sewn volume), slightly foxed. Preserved in a dark brown morocco and marbled boards folding case.
         First edition, third state of preceding, with the lithographer identified as "Swett" at the head of the title and monogram AF not present. Streeter 1171B (locating five copies). This lithograph (same as in preceding entry) will be included in Tyler & Holman’s survey of nineteenth-century Texas lithographs. Peters (America on Stone, pp. 378-79) notes that Swett was associated with George Endicott, and possibly N. Currier and comments: "His work is good and quite prolific, but mostly in various associations. He seems to have been one of the ones who wandered and realigned himself with great frequency, so it is hard to follow him. He is entitled to a place of importance." It is not difficult to imagine that this colorful sheet music was an item with strong popular culture appeal at the time of the dramatic events in the Texan Revolution; thus, it is not surprising that three different issues in close conjunction exist (see also Streeter 1171A).
($300-600)