HOLLEY, Mary Austin (1784-1846)
Lexington, KY: J. Clarke & Co., 1836. 12mo. (7 x 4 1/4 inches). viii, 410pp. Hand-coloured folding map.
Publisher's green cloth, rebacked, paper spine label.
Scarce early Texas promotional tract, dedicated to Stephen F. Austin.
This is Mrs. Holley's second book on Texas, intended as a practical and informative guide for emigrant's to the area. Despite the title, which is similar to the author's Baltimore 1833 book, this is a completely different work. Jenkins calls it "a much more important book." Included herein is a general history of Texas to May 5, 1836, a printing of the Texas and Mexican constitutions, Stephen Austin's farewell address of March 7, and specific information regarding settlements, towns, business and banking matters, transportation and communication facilities, etc.
The Hooker "Map of the State of Coahuila and Texas" was published several times, with revisions to reflect the changing face of Texas. This edition is quite striking, with the grants colored. There are numerous additions to this map over past issues.
While her earlier book served to promote the enthusiastic interest of prospective emigrants to Texas, Mrs. Holley in this work provides the hard facts of what they would find there. As Stephen F. Austin's cousin, she was in a position to know.
Basic Texas Books 94; Graff, Fifty Texas Rarities 15; Howes H593 "aa"; Raines, p.116; cf. Reese, Best of the West 60; Sabin 32528; Streeter Texas 1207; Vandale, Texianameter 88.