ATKINSON, Samuel C. Atkinson’s Casket. Gems of Literature, Wit and Sentiment. Philadelphia: Samuel C. Atkinson, 1836.

$ 2,500.00

8vo., (9 x 6 inches). (A bit browned and spotted throughout). Fine folding engraved map with original hand coloring in full (offsetting to facing page); half-page map; 10 full-page engravings, some with original hand coloring; 24 half-page engravings on yellow paper; 1 in-text illustration (occasional spotting). Modern half tan morocco, marbled boards, the smooth spine gilt-ruled in six compartments, gilt-lettered in two.

Provenance: Contemporary marginalia on p. 637.

First edition. MAP SHOWING THE NEWLY FOUNDED REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, which had gained independence from Mexico that year. Engraved by J. Yeager, it shows parts of the United States and Mexico, as well as the new Republic as a separate entity delineated along its southern border with Mexico by the Nueces River, with Austin’s Colony prominently highlighted. This volume contains the complete run of all 12 issues for this literary magazine for the year 1836, including the very important “Sketch of Mexico” and “Sketch of Texas.” The Republic of Texas encompassed all of modern-day Texas, as well as parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. However, its southern and western boundary with Mexico was a matter of dispute during the entire ten years of the Republic’s existence. The disputed border was a trigger during the Mexican-American War after the United States’ annexation of Texas in late 1845. “Neither the Republic nor the Confederacy nor even the Union totally captured the 19th-century Texas mind. Governments came and went; some hindered, some helped. But Texan patriotism was never based on concepts of government or on ideas. It grew out of the terrible struggle for the land” (T. R. Fehrenbach, “Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans,” p. 256).

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