TEXAS: THE RISE, PROGRESS, AND PROSPECTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS
by Kennedy, William
London: R. Hastings..., 1841. Two volumes. lii,378; vi,548pp., complete with all four maps: 1) "Map of Texas Compiled from Surveys Recorded in the Land Office of Texas and Other Official Surveys by John Arrowsmith." 23 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches. With both insets, showing the Republic of Texas and Mexico, and the inset of Galveston Bay. Contemporary hand coloring to political borders in red, yellow, green, and blue; three colonies outlined in early ink on the bottom of the map. Small tear closed and repaired in upper right portion, else very good. 2) "Map of the Republic of Texas and the Adjacent Territories Indicating the Grants of Land Granted Under the Empresario System of Mexico." 12 1/4 x 15 inches. (3 & 4) Full-page maps opposite pp.38 (Map of Matagorda Bay) and 50 (Aransas Bay). Original publisher's cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Spines lightly sunned, corners rubbed. Internally clean. Near fine. In a cloth slipcase. Perhaps the single best work published on Texas during the Republic period, Kennedy's book covers both the geography and natural features of Texas, and its history during the revolution and early Republic. Kennedy, an Irish poet, later went to Galveston as the British consul there and encouraged European emigration. Many of the basic documents of the revolution saw their first European publication here. "This book...was pronounced to be the best history of Texas extant. The Texan Congress passed a resolution of thanks to the author....The physical description of Texas...[is] the best published up to that time....No historian of Texas has more eloquent paragraphs" - Raines. The map is one of the most important of the Republic period, engraved by John Arrowsmith in London. "The large map by John Arrowsmith ranks with those of Tanner and Emory as the best maps of Texas during the period of the republic" - Jenkins. "Arrowsmith's map was probably the first to show the full extent of Texas's claim of the upper Rio Grande...the popularity and general acceptance of the map has been documented by the fact that many map makers copied liberally from Arrowsmith's map, including some of its errors. The map certainly was the best information on Texas geography available in Europe during a decade in which the political fate of the new Republic was of international concern" - Martin & Martin. A seminal work on Texas in the Republic period. GRAFF 2308. CLARK III:189. HOWES K92. RADER 2159. RAINES, pp.132-33. SABIN 37440. STREETER TEXAS 1385. BASIC TEXAS BOOKS 117. WEBB, TEXANA 8. LC EXHIBITION 115. MARTIN & MARTIN 32. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 451.
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