The EVOLUTION Of A STATE or Recollections of Old Texas Days. By Noah Smithwick (nonagenarian); Originally Published by Gammel Book Company, Austin. Now edited, with an Introduction and Notes by Alwynb Barr. Noah Smithwick, Nanna Smithwick - Compiler. Barr 1808 - 1899. Donaldson, Alwyn -.
The EVOLUTION Of A STATE or Recollections of Old Texas Days. By Noah Smithwick (nonagenarian); Originally Published by Gammel Book Company, Austin. Now edited, with an Introduction and Notes by Alwynb Barr.

The EVOLUTION Of A STATE or Recollections of Old Texas Days. By Noah Smithwick (nonagenarian); Originally Published by Gammel Book Company, Austin. Now edited, with an Introduction and Notes by Alwynb Barr.

Austin, Texas: W. Thomas Taylor, 1995. 1st edition thus, 1/50 cc. Cf. Basic Texas Books 189; Bradford 5116; Final Howes S733; Graff 3872; Rader 2948; Sabin 85099 for the 1st editiion of 1900. xvi, 293, [3] pp. Original piece of Texas currency ["One Hundred Dollars"] housed in pocket at back. Frontispiece. Royal 8vo. 10-1/4" x 7-1/8". Specially bound in tan quarter leather over decorative paper boards. A Fine copy. Accompanied by the original Taylor 6/14/94 sale invoice for this book. Item #43743

Smithwick, a blacksmith, moved to Texas in 1827, served in the war for Texas independence and later as a Ranger, though leaving the state in 1861, as he had Union sympathies. Work includes anecdotes on James Bowie, Sam Houston, Stephen Austen, David G. Burnet, Gail Borden, Padre Michael Muldoon, R.M. Williamson, and others.

Dobie calls this work "The best of all books dealing with life in early Texas." Jenkins says it's "the most fun to read."

This edition adds scholarly commentary by its editor, with this specially bound version of the edition, with the real Texas currency, being relatively uncommon on the market.

Price: $725.00