Austin, TX: Von Boeckmann-Jones Company, 1936-1958.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Complete seven-volume set of "the best history of the three centuries of Spanish and Mexican Texas [with] the first detailed account of literally dozens of expeditions and settlements in Texas" (Jenkins, Basic Texas Books). Uniformly bound in original blue cloth with embossed decoration, with many maps and plates. Two volumes (V and VI) are ex-library, with typical related markings, Volume III is somewhat bowed and has a small scuff mark at the foot of the spine, and Volume IV has a mild spine lean. Internally the set is very clean, with all bindings tight. Overall very good. Jenkins writes that this work "opens up a world of entirely new history for the Big Bend Region and for South Texas and provides by far the most complete account of the missions in the San Antonio-Goliad region and in East Texas," and Tate (Indians of Texas) says it is an "invaluable source of information on all phases of Catholic influence in Texas. Detailed information on Indian tribes from the coastal and eastern sections of the state is extremely valuable, especially in the first four volumes. No researcher can afford to overlook this seminal work." Individual titles of the volumes are: The Mission Era: The Finding of Texas 1519-1693; The Winning of Texas 1693-1791; The Missions at Work 1731-1761; The Passing of the Missions 1762-1782; The End of the Spanish Regime, 1780-1810; Transition Period: The Fight for Freedom 1810-1836; and The Church in Texas Since Independence 1836-1950.