[TEXAS] NILES, JOHN M. and PEASE, L. T. History of South America and Mexico ...To Which is Annexed, A Geographical and Historical View of Texas, with a Detailed Account of the Texian Revolution and War.
Hartford: H. Huntington, Jr., 1838. Two volumes in one. Contemporary sheep, the spine with a large black lettering label in gilt and gilt rules. 7 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches (19.5 x 11.5 cm); 370 pp., 230 pp., with frontispiece depicting the Battle of San Jacinto, engraved title with vignette of the Battle of the Alamo, portraits of Santa Ana and Sam Houston, folding hand-colored map of Texas, lacks map of South America. The binding with a vertical split along spine and a few small losses, the Texas map with old tape repairs to verso and these offset to title page of volume II, faint marginal dampstain touching text in some places and foxing throughout, various early signatures mostly in pencil to blanks.
A rare work containing an early and important map of Texas in the first state before the additions of Houston, Lynchburg, etc. This 1838 edition is an expansion of an 1825 work which did not include the section on Texas. Streeter described the work as "extremely scarce, especially with the fine Texas map." This volume from the library of historian Walter Lord whose work on the Alamo, A Time to Stand was published in 1961. Howes N156; Raines, p. 163 ("a well-written and reliable volume; now scarce"); Sabin 55319; Streeter 1285.
C Estate of Frances Tower Thacher
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