First edition. 8vo. Original suede wrappers, 76 pp., titles stamped in gold gilt on the front cover, frontispiece [portrait of J. M. Rodriquez], preface, illustrated, plates, portraits. Gift inscription to fr. Ramon Garcia on front fly leaf. As a small boy Rodriquez met William Barret Travis in San Antonio during the battle of the Alamo. He repeats his father's accounts of the battle of San Jacinto. Much on early accounts of Hispanic families of San Antonio. Information and photographs of many early San Antonio families in addition to Rodriguez. There are prominent Spanish families with background and genealogical information for Ruiz, Montes de Oca, Perez, Indo, Seguin, Barrera, Cassiano, Ramon & Menchaca, Leal, Navarro, Veramendi, Garza, Flores, Yturri, Chavez. Author was elected to office of Assessor and Collector in 1858 on the ticket headed by General Sam Houston for Governor. He was the county judge in his home town of Laredo for 35 years. One of the rarest of books about San Antonio. Limited to 100 copies. Rader 2814 says, "The 'principal families' living in San Antonio prior to the annexation of Texas." Original limp suede covers present but no longer attached to contents, front and rear endpapers present but also detached, contents complete and still in original staples, clean and tight, lacks original rawhide ties which fastened the extended suede covers to the text. Suede covers have been clear taped inside clear plastic. A Fair copy. In a new custom hinged brown cloth clamshell case, gilt titles. Case carefully protects this rare San Antonio book and will allow perpendicular shelving with the book safely inside. Together with a fine copy of the 1961, second edition in suede textured brown wrappers.
Inventory Number: 44955