GOODRICH, Samuel Griswold (1793-1860). A National Geography for Schools; Illlustrated by 220 Engravings, and 33 Maps; with a Globe Map on a New Plan. New York: Huntington & Savage, 1845.
4to., (11 ¼ x 8 ½ inches). Vignette title-page (a bit spotted throughout, one or two short marginal tears to text pages). With the exceptionally rare removable, “A Globe Map, for Goodrich’s National Geography,” each hemisphere cut to the circular neat line and mounted on a metal spike designed for display, tucked into a linen band on the front pastedown (a bit spotted); 33 maps, some with original hand-color in outline; frontispiece; profusely illustrated throughout (one or two pale stains). Original publisher’s pictorial paper-covered boards, with publisher’s Advertisement on the back cover (rather browned, extremities a bit worn).
Provenance: Contemporary pen trials to the front free endpaper.
First edition. Contains the rarely seen removable “Globe Map.” Includes a chapter on the Republic of Texas, as well as a map, stating, “This is a new republic, consisting of territory which formerly belonged to Mexico…The Texans declared themselves independent in 1835, and have since maintained their freedom. Texas was formerly a portion of Mexico; but the people refused to submit to the new government established in that country in 1834, and, at the period above stated, separated themselves from the mother country. Mexico has made repeated attempts to reduce Texas to submission, but without success. In the celebrated battle of San Jacinto, April 21st, 1836, Santa Anna, the president of Mexico, was defeated and captured, while his army was almost annihilated by the Texas forces of half their number. The greater part of the people are from the United States, and society is assuming the aspect of that in the contiguous states of our Union. The population has increased rapidly, and at present amounts to one hundred, or one hundred and fifty thousand. An act was passed by the Congress of the United States, in 1845, for the annexation of Texas to the Union; and this is likely to be consummated. (July, 1845.) The boundary between Texas and Mexico is unsettled, especially towards the north-west: on the west, the Texans regard the Rio del Norte as the boundary” (p. 55). The map shows the short-lived Republic bordered by “Indian Territory” and “Great American Desert” to the north, and “Mexico” to the south.