Holley, Mary Austin Phelps (1784-1846) Texas. Lexington, KY: J. Clarke & Co., 1836. First edition, "An entirely different book from Mrs. Holley's 1833 volume [of the same title]"; illustrated with folding engraved map printed on bank note paper, with original full and outline hand-coloring: Map of the State of Coahuila and Texas, by W. Hooker, 12mo, bound in original beige muslin boards, rebacked, paper label on spine with all text worn away, some foxing to contents, one section of map detached, broken away along outermost vertical fold, the piece in question present; 7 x 4 1/4 in.
Holley's text in this edition includes the first book printing of the Texas Declaration of Independence, the Republic of Texas Constitution, Travis' letter from the Alamo, Austin's Louisville Address of 1836, and other key documents of the revolution.
Basic Texas Books 94: 'An entirely different book from Mrs. Holley's 1833 volume, this contains a great deal more information on Texas history, geography, and society.' Bradford 2349; Clark, Old South III:56n; Eberstadt, Texas 162:397; Fifty Texas Rarities 15; Graff 1935; Howell 52:49; Howes H593; Jones, Adventures in Americana (Check List) 984; Rader 1911; Raines, p. 116; Sabin 3252; Sibley, Travelers in Texas 1761-1860, pp. 178-179: 'Mary Austin Holley opened the great era of travel literature in Texas with Texas: Observations, Historical, Geographical and Descriptive. Her books are standard sources for the later Mexican period because they are based on the writer's observations and information obtained from her cousin, Stephen Fuller Austin.' Streeter 1207; Vandale 88.
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