Barker, Eugene C. The Life of Stephen F. Austin, Founder of Texas 1793-1836: a Chapter in the Westward Movement of the Anglo-American People. Nashville: Cokesbury Press, 1925. First edition. Octavo printing. Rebound in maroon quarter-leather, with raised bands on spine, gilt tooling, and a matching custom slipcase.
This is a signed first edition, first issue of Eugene Barker's The Life of Stephen Austin. Published almost a hundred years after the death of Stephen F. Austin, this first full-length biography is the result of years of dedicated study, research, and writing.
Barker's biography is the most-praised of all Texas biographies. Joe Frantz called it the finest single piece of historical writing yet done in Texas. Jenkins claimed “[T]here is no question that Barker’s biography of Austin is the finest yet written. It is one of the greatest contributions to our understanding of Texas. No one has known more about Austin; no one has understood the Austin era as well as Barker.” J. Evetts Haley pronounced it "the finest biography in Texas Literature."
While much of the volume is devoted to history, rather than traditional biography, by the end of the book readers are left with a comprehensive and robust portrait of Stephen Austin. Dubbed the "Father of Texas", Stephen Austin established the first Anglo-American colony in the Tejas province of Mexico and saw it quickly grow into an independent Republic.
Book is in very good condition. Signed first edition, first issue. Octavo printing. Signed "Eugene C. Baker" on end page. Internally, book is clean with no tears or significant foxing. Some toning to paper margins. 549pp. w/maps, illus., bibliography, index. Rebound in maroon quarter-leather, with raised bands on spine, gilt tooling, and a matching custom slipcase.