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Jonathan Sharp; or, The Adventures of a Kentuckian. Written by Himself
London, 1845. 3 vols. x, 336; [2], 320; [2], 334, [2]pp. Original boards, printed paper labels. Some minor chipping to spine ends, hinges cracked but solid, backstrip detached from front hinge of volume one. Bookplates on front pastedowns. In a half morocco and cloth clamshell case.A remarkable work of Frontier fiction.Much of the story relates to Texas during the early 1840s, especially the events leading up to Annexation. Half of the first volume and all of the third volume are set in Texas, which the narrator describes as populated by swindlers, cowards and rascals. There are good descriptions of the various factions involved in a period of great turbulence, including the Mexicans, Indians, and the colorful characters both major and minor who dwelled in Texas during the period of independence. At the end the author accurately predicts the impending war with Mexico and urges the British to intervene: "I think it opportune for the legislators of wealthy England to exercise the whole of their influence to prevent the annexation of Texas to the United States." The story begins in the narrator's native Kentucky, but the scene soon shifts to New Orleans and Cuba, and then to Wisconsin, where Sharp is involved in a successful mining venture and makes his fortune. A considerable subplot revolves around his encounters with the early Mormons. In the second volume he has a long interview with Joseph Smith, or "Joe Smith," as he calls him, and subsequent adventures take him back to Nauvoo around the time of the anti-Mormon uprisings there. The story includes vivid details of … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA) [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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