Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. , 259 pp. with a useful index, bibliography, appendix, with 9 fold maps and numerous illustrations and diagrams. Original maroon cloth, title gilt on spine and front cover, in cloth slipcase. Hinges tight, text just barely toned, no markings or blemishes of any kind save some insignificant dust-soiling on verso of title-page and opposite page. Inside front cover the private ownership stamp of W.R. Ferguson, bookseller's book label inside back cover. Top 1" of spine faded (an old label?) but NOT ex-library! From the distinguished library of DOROTHY SLOAN, the celebrated dealer of Texana and Western Americana, with her pencilled "D.S." monogram. Very good. Item #3259
¶ Excellent copy of THE STANDARD WORK ON THE SUBJECT -- STILL INDISPENSIBLE -- STILL UNSURPASSED. Indeed the only thing comparable to it is the greatly inferior facsimile reprint of THIS first edition.
Supported by the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas, the German settlements in Texas began in 1831 when Friedrich Ernst settled on Mill Creek. Soon German immigrants came to Texas in large numbers, settling in the counties of Comal, Guadalupe, Gillespie, Llano, Kendall, Kerr and elsewhere. The rest is history, here given in exhausting and exacting detail. Biesele spent years researching the subject in archives large and small in Germany, the Library of Congress, Yale, and all throughout Texas. His History Of The German Settlements In Texas 1831-1861 is a monument of patient, erudite scholarship.
¶ Jenkins, Basic Texas Books, No. 15 ("One of the best scholarly studies of the German migration into Texas.