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Memoirs of May A. Maverick, San Antonio’s First American Woman. Arranged by Mary A. Maverick and Her son Geo. Madison Maverick
Author: Maverick, Mary A.
Reference #: 1949
Status: For Sale
List Price: $120.00
Alamo Printing, San Antonio, 1921. Octavo in pictorial paper wrappers, 136 pp.; illustrated (b&w); Edited by Rena Maverick Green, granddaughter of the author. First Edition
An important memoir of a leading family of early San Antonio, and a compelling social history of the time, viz. the 1830s and 1840s. Mary was the wife of Samuel Maverick, businessman and politician, and the connection of his family name as a noun describing unbranded cattle is part of the lore of the State. He missed being present at the massacre of the Alamo as he was a delegate to the Convention resulting in Texas’s Declaration of Independence, which document bears his signature (see p. 129).
Condition: chipped at head of spine; edge wear, light discolouration spots on the front cover. The errors which identify a true First Edition have been noted in a typed 3-line note by way of an Errata slip pasted to the top corner of the ffep. (cf. Howes M-443). Pencil notations identify some of the persons in the frontis portrait, and the description of a young lad as “William, my husband’s father” identifies these notes as being in the hand of the editor A p.o.n. with date and short address appear at the base of the Dedication page. We noted an ‘x’ in pencil at the top corners of pp. 123 and 128, and a single word underlined in pen on p. 124 and a handful of scattered underlining elsewhere. Pp. 99-106 are printed on paper of a different tone than the rest of the volume
The significance of this volume is clear to any student of Americana, but is also attested to by the plethora of reprints, let alone P.O. D. versions; true First Editions are, however, decidedly scarce and desirable.
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