Item #22512 Notes of a Journey through Texas and New Mexico, in the Years 1841 and 1842 [and] Notes on the Coast Region of the Texan Territory: Taken During a Visit in 1842. Thomas Falconer, William Bollaert.
Notes of a Journey through Texas and New Mexico, in the Years 1841 and 1842 [and] Notes on the Coast Region of the Texan Territory: Taken During a Visit in 1842.
Notes of a Journey through Texas and New Mexico, in the Years 1841 and 1842 [and] Notes on the Coast Region of the Texan Territory: Taken During a Visit in 1842.

Notes of a Journey through Texas and New Mexico, in the Years 1841 and 1842 [and] Notes on the Coast Region of the Texan Territory: Taken During a Visit in 1842.

London: Royal Geographical Society, 1843.

First Edition. First appearance of two important articles on Texas extracted from Volume XIII, Part 2 of the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society. 8vo, pp 199-226 and 226-244, bound in recent quarter cloth and marbled boards. Fine. Falconer's Journey through Texas and New Mexico (pp. 199-226) describes his travels from Galveston to San Antonio and then to Austin in 1841. This is followed by his account of the Texas Santa Fe Expedition, which, according to Streeter (1496, referencing the 1843 offprint of Falconer's article), differs somewhat from the account he published in New Orleans in 1842. In the last four pages, Falconer argues that Texas was not part of Louisiana when it was ceded by Spain to France. In Notes on the Coast Region of the Texas Territory, Bollaert -- an English chemist, geographer, and ethnologist -- offers observations on the winds affecting the coastal geography of Texas, discusses the errors present in many of the maps and charts of the coast, and reports on what he saw during several excursions made from Galveston and Houston between April and June, 1842. On one excursion, noting good pastures and an abundance of fish and wild game, he comments: "I could hardly help imagining when standing on this primeval land--not a dwelling yet to be seen--that the shores of these bays would in time be crowded with habitations; that these waters would afford the easy means of conveyance for the products of these countries to other lands, and in return import from other realms." He also comments on existing settlements, the native tribes, river trade, agriculture, and natural resources, and includes statistics on exports and imports at the Port of Galveston. To the best of our knowledge, Bollaert's interesting article has never been reprinted.

Item #22512

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