Mexico: A. Frank de Sánchez, 1955.
Hardcover. Very good. Second edition (published in the same year as the first). L, 321 pp, with portraits, facsimiles, and a map, in original two-tone full-leather binding. Corners and bottom edges scuffed, pages toned, subtle ex-library indications, else clean and sound. The first 50 pages are an essay by J. Sanchez Garza, the remainder prints the text of a manuscript titled "Resena y diario de la Campana de Texas, por Jose Enrique de la Pena. Matamoros, Tamps. Septiembre 15 de 1836." José Enrique de la Peña 9c. 1807-1841) was a lieutenant colonel in the Mexican navy and participant in the battle of the Alamo. This was the first publication of his diary, which was translated and published in English (as With Santa Anna in Texas: A Personal Narrative of the Revolution) in 1975. "Its validity has been debated by historians, and by the latter part of the twentieth century the diary was the subject of heated discourse between those who questioned its credibility and suggested it an elaborate forgery and those who supported its contents. De la Peña’s diary reveals that Texan hero David Crockett surrendered to Mexican troops and was executed, contrary to the previously-recognized assumption that Crockett died fighting. In addition to revealing a detailed report of the battle of the Alamo from the Mexican perspective, De la Peña’s account provides deeper insight to the operations of the Mexican army in Texas, descriptions of disagreements between General Santa Anna and his officers, a report of the battle of San Jacinto, and a version of the execution of Col. James Fannin" (Handbook of Texas).