NEWELL, Rev. Chester (1803-1892)
History of the Revolution in Texas, particularly of the war of 1835 & '36; together with the latest geographical, topographical, and statistical accounts of the country, from the most authentic sources
New York: J.P. Wright for Wiley & Putnam, 1838. 12mo. x, , 215pp. Folding lithographic map by Baker of New York.
Publisher's brown cloth
First edition of a standard work on the Republic of Texas, with an important early map in excellent condition.
"This is one of the earliest books published about Texas after it became a republic...the quotations from participants are of considerable historical value. The descriptive portions add much to our knowledge of the early republic" (Jenkins). Newell begins his narrative in 1832, and ends with the proceedings of the Texas Congress in the fall of 1836. The author had come to Texas as an itinerant minister in the spring of 1837, but quickly became engaged in working on this history in an effort to defray his expenses. He had the advantage of being able to interview some of the leading Texan participants, including Houston. The appendix details some important historical documents regarding the revolution. Streeter notes two states of the map, one with no date simply titled 'Texas' and the other 'Texas 1838' : the copy in the present work is in the dated state. The map shows the area from New Orleans westwards to about 102 degrees longitude, and south to the Rio Grande. There is considerable detail devoted to the settlements from Goliad north to Austin, and then east to Liberty
Basic Texas Books 151; Clark III:215; Graf 3010; Howes N115 ("aa"); Rader 2479; Raines, p.154; Sabin 54948; Streeter Texas 1318.