Philadelphia. 1841. Two volumes. viii,13-314; 403pp. plus 24pp. publisher's catalogue bound at end first volume. Original green cloth, covers stamped in blind, spines gilt. Contemporary bookplate of Thomas V. Brundige on front pastedowns. Contemporary drawing of eagle of front flyleaf of first volume. Original yellow front and rear endpapers lacking from first volume. Moderate foxing. Overall very good. Item #WRCAM24019
An important contemporary history of the early days in Texas. "One of the most influential books on Texas in its time, this work is still of considerable value and interest" - Jenkins. The first volume includes five chapters on Mexican history, along with chapters on Spanish-American relations, the Burr Conspiracy, and James Long. There are also four chapters, described by Jenkins as among the best in the book, on the Fredonian Rebellion. The second volume treats the history of colonization and the Texas Revolution. "One of the best histories of Texas for the period covered" - Raines. "This is a very discursive account of Texas history down to the opening years of the Republic of Texas, but, with judicious skipping, a rather entertaining one" - Streeter. Eugene C. Barker has remarked that "one's impatience with Foote's betrayal of the historian's obligation to tell the truth as he knows it gives way to amusement at the ingenuity of his grandiose distortions." Some copies (not this one) include James H. Young's A NEW MAP OF TEXAS (Philadelphia, 1842), and it is asserted by several bibliographers that the publisher only inserted this map in remaining copies of the book in 1842. HOWES F238, "aa." GRAFF 1376. SABIN 25019. RADER 1425. RAINES, p.84. BASIC TEXAS BOOKS 63. STREETER TEXAS 1377. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 76 (note).