Hartford: H. Huntington, Jun. 1837. Two volumes bound in one. 370pp. plus two portraits and colored folding map; 230pp. plus colored folding map. Frontispiece and engraved titlepage for the volume, and printed titlepage for each of the two parts. Contemporary speckled calf, spine attractively gilt. Moderate wear to boards, spine somewhat creased and the gilt rubbed, corners worn. Front hinge a bit tender. Occasional minor foxing, short closed marginal tear and minor expert repairs to verso of Mexico-Texas map. Item #WRCAM55063
The rare 1837 edition of Niles & Pease, which Howes identifies as "the first to include the Texas portion." The previous editions of this work only touched on the revolutions in South America and Mexico. The present work contains an "excellent contemporary account of the Texas Revolution and its beginnings....The Account includes reprintings of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Burleson's report on the taking of Bexar in December, 1835, and the Travis letter of February 24, 1836, and several other reports and documents. One of these is a reprinting, which I do not recollect having seen elsewhere, of the report of Benjamin H. Holland, Captain of the 2d Company of Artillery, on the Fannin Massacre....I am inclined to think the value of this contemporary account of the Texas Revolution, compiled by the father of one of the participants...has been overlooked" - Streeter. The "father of one of the participants" refers to Lorraine T. Pease, the father of Texan revolutionary (and future two-time governor of Texas) Elisha T. Pease, who wrote the Texas section. Raines describes this edition of the book as "a well- written and reliable volume; now scarce." The colored map of Mexico and Texas shows the Republic as separate, and the internal provinces of Mexico. Later editions of the map would identify more cities in Texas; this first edition does not name several important Texas cities, many of them yet to be established, including Houston (established in the summer of the year of publication of this book). HOWES N156, "aa." STREETER TEXAS 1285. SABIN 55319. PALAU 191596 (citing the 1838 ed.). RAINES, p.163.