MEMORANDA AND OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, ITS HISTORY AND ANNEXATION. INCLUDING A BRIEF AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE AUTHOR.
New York: D. Appleton & Co.,1859. 648pp. pp. of advertisements. Frontis. portrait. Original embossed cloth with title in gilt on the spine. First edition. Externally, the volume faded especially on the spine where to title is barely visible. Internally, the is foxing the first few pages but the majority are surprising clean. The hinges are solid with some signatures loosened (but holding). Evidence of removal of a bookplate from the front paste down and a small library stamp on the rear pastedown. Overall, a good copy. Jenkins, BTB 113: “Anson Jones left us the only formal autobiography of a president of the Republic of Texas….Jones writes with unusual frankness….he gives scores of insights into the men of the times.” Hubert Bancroft: “…especially valuable on the campaign of 1836, the annexation question and the schemes of England.” Noted historian Ray A. Billington: ”One of the fullest accounts of the early history of Texas and an essential source of information on its republican period and annexation.” James M. Day: “Any history of the Republic of Texas must dwell on the name of Anson Jones; likewise any scholarly study of that dramatic period …must include research in Anson Jones’ book.” Begins with a brief autobiography, a section of “memoranda” in diary and journal form covering the period from 1838 to 1854 and a lengthy section of letters, correspondence, essays and speeches spanning the period from 1836 to 1857. An important primary source.