THE FISCAL HISTORY OF TEXAS, 1834 – 1852.
Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo and Co., 1852. xx,327, pp. Index. Appendices. Advertisement s. Original cloth. First edition of a rare and desirable book. Externally, some rubbing to the covers with a small piece (approx. 1/4” x 3/8”) of cloth missing at the top of the spine, overall good. Internally, new endsheets with a faint purplish stain (no affecting readability) to about the first forty pages. Overall, good. Jenkins, BTB 77: The standard account of the financial history of the Texas Revolution and of the Republic of Texas, this book is much more interesting than the title suggests, mixing humor, anecdotes, and historical sidelights with statistics, finance, and fiscal theory.” Larned, The Literature of American History…. 2858: “Condemns Texas severely for its alleged failure to keep faith with its creditors. Valuable for its collection and arrangement of facts, not only to students of Texas finance, but to those of the science in general.” The author wrote several books on banking including A Short History of Money and Banking in the United States (1833), History of the American Banking System (1835), and Expediency of Dispensing with Bank Paper (1837). He also edited several journals including the Journal of Banking. In 1852, Gouge visited Austin to write this book. This is a nice addition to Edmund Miller’s A Financial History of Texas published in 1916 and between the two you have a comprehensive overview of Texas’ financial history.