London: John Murray, 1844. Two volumes bound in one. viii,314; viii,360pp., plus one plate. Frontispiece in second volume. Contemporary green cloth, blindstamped covers, gilt- lettered spine, rebacked. Frontispiece worn, with damage to center of image. Old institutional stamps and scribblings on rear free endpaper and pastedown. Good. Partially unopened. Item #WRCAM31801
The single-volume remainder issue, after the two-volume first regular issue. The remainder was issued without four plates from the first volume (including the frontispiece), four plates from the second volume, and the advertisements normally found at the end of the second volume. The author was a wealthy British woman who visited Texas in 1842 on her husband's private yacht. She visited New Orleans, then sailed along the Gulf Coast, alternating between Texas and New Orleans. Mrs. Houstoun offers commentary on the politics and society of the day, including issues such as slavery and a possible civil war. "...She gives us some exceptional insights into Texas of the 1840's" - Jenkins. The lithographs are included in Holman and Tyler's preliminary research on 19th-century Texas lithography. They are wonderfully executed by the British firm of Day and Haghe, lithographers to the Crown. The "Alpine" Houston view, while apocryphal, may be the first published view of the city, and the prototype for subsequent views showing the city in the midst of mountains. One of the more charming accounts of the Republic of Texas, and other than that of Mrs. Holley, the only one by a woman. BASIC TEXAS BOOKS 97. CLARK III:182. HOWES H693, "aa." RAINES, p.120. SABIN 33202. STREETER TEXAS 1506. SERVIES 3044 (abridged American ed). REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 79 (note).