HISTORY OF TEXAS, FROM 1685 TO 1892.
St. Louis: L. E. Daniell, 1892-1893. Two volumes – 631,591pp. Frontis. of the author. Illustrations. Photographs. Original gray cloth with black ink decorations, title in gilt on the cover and spine. First editions. Externally, both volumes have been skillfully rebacked using the original spine, some general wear but, overall, good+. Internally, the hinges have been sturdily repaired at some point in the past. The pages show a very small amount of scattered foxing but, for the most part, are clean and in very good condition. Jenkins, BTB 22: “This is the earliest comprehensive history of Texas written by an active participant….Brown’s history is replete with historical facts presented for the first time, and with incidents that would not have been remembered without Brown’s work. His descriptions of events in which he participated are vivid and memorable. The set is still useful today, and forms one of the basic research sources for 19th century Texas.” Rufus C. Burleson: “Several men have written of Texas history with great ability, but few of them were eyewitnesses of what they wrote [as was this] venerable old Texian.” Raines, Bibliography of Texas p. 32: “Special treatment of American colonization and Indian wars, with much new matter. The author was one of the old pioneers of Texas, and personally acquainted with nearly all the great men of the Republic.” Tate, Indians of Texas 151: Represents one of the earliest attempts to fully chronicle the history of Texas, an account filled with standard stories of Indian atrocities and pioneer heroism.” Pingenot, Texas & West – Cat. 3 43: “One of the great standard classic histories of Texas, still important and useful.” The author arrived in Texas in 1839, served with Hayes’s Ranger company fighting Indians, was wounded in the Battle of Salado in the Woll Invasion of 1842, fought with the Texas militia in the Mexican War, served on the staff of General Ben McCulloch in Civil War, after the War was a journalist and mayor of both Galveston and Dallas. He was also a leader in drafting the 1876 Texas Constitution, which still governs the state. Brown was clearly well versed in his subject. This set is difficult to find in good condition and still in its original binding.