My Confession
Recollections of a Rogue
By Samuel Chamberlain
Edited and with an introduction by William H. Goetzmann
ISBN 0-87611-156-8 (cloth), -157-6 (limited). 10 X 13 in., 400 pp., 160 color illustrations, maps, index.

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Publication of this book is supported by grants from the Summerfield G. Roberts Foundation, Dallas, and the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, Dallas.

Samuel Chamberlain's My Confession is a classic, ribald tale of nineteenth-century life. Perhaps the best written account of a soldier's adventures and misadventures in the Mexican War and its aftermath, this unexpurgated edition is now available for the first time, complete with over 150 of Chamberlain's wonderful textual illustrations reproduced in full color. If you enjoyed the Chamberlain paintings assembled in Sam Chamberlain's Mexican War: The San Jacinto Museum of History Paintings, you will be fascinated by the tale in My Confession that goes with it and beyond it into Chamberlain's adventures with the scalp-hunting Glanton Gang (the story that Cormac McCarthy used as the basis for his celebrated novel Blood Meridian.

My Confession is the story of Samuel Chamberlain, a Boston boy who hoped to be a theological student but could not control his amorous and pugilistic inclinations and so left for the West. According to his "Confession," he seduced countless women in the U.S. and Mexico, never missed a fandango, fougxht gallantly against Mexican guerillas, and rode with the First Dragoons into the Battle of Buena Vista. His remarkable story is pure melodrama; but Goetzmann has proven by his painstaking research that much of it is true.

The editor's annotations are a valuable contribution to an account that virtually every historian of the Mexican War has used.

William H. Goetzmann is the Jack S. Blanton, Sr. Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.

"Goetzmann's effort is a tour de force, the consummate combination of intelligence, art, and scholarship."

--East Texas Historical Journal

"My Confession is a banquet for the bibliophile--an artful presentation of ingenuity, industry, acumen, and craftsmanship. Book lovers will savor this volume for the rest of their days."

--South Texas Studies

Sam Chamberlain's Mexican War
The San Jacinto Museum of History Paintings
by William H. Goetzmann
ISBN 0-87611-131-2 (cloth), -133-9 (limited). 9 x 12 in., 388 pp. 160 color illustrations, maps, index. Cloth

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The Chamberlain publications were funded by grants from the Summerlee Foundation, the Summerfield G. Roberts Foundation, and the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation of Dallas.

 This striking full-color collection of over 160 paintings, with text by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian William H. Goetzmann, is a book of uncommon visual pleasure and historical importance. Sam Chamberlain was a fascinating character, a writer, artist, and adventurer whose ribald life story rivals that of Jack Crabb in Little Big Man.

Private Sam Chamberlain was the most prolific artist of the 1846-1847 war with Mexico. In hundreds of lively watercolors, he provided upclose views of the battles, marches, atrocities, massacres, seductions, and tall tales of the Mexican War. No official account has ever matched the immediacy of his portayals - in watercolor and in prose - of this critical event in the history of the United States and Mexico.

Based largely on the collection of 147 watercolors now owned by the San Jacinto Museum of History, the book reproduces these treasures for the first time in color.

"Sam Chamberlain's Mexican War is an important book. The reproductions of Chamberlain's paintings by themselves constitute a significant contribution--not only to the record of the war itself, but also to the perception of the war. There is no other collection of such impressive dimension that reflects the experiences of a common volunteer soldier."

-Robert W. Johannsen
author of To the Halls of the Montezumas:
The Mexican War in the American Imagination

"What the Bayeux Tapestry is to the Norman Conquest, Sam Chamberlain's watercolor paintings are to the Mexican War. ... Boastful, cynical, sardonic and celebratory, these paintings are the triumph of a rough-edged American master."

--New York Times

By George Wilkins Kendall. With a new introduction by Ron Tyler
Carl Nebel, The Battle of Palo Alto. From George Wilkins Kendall, The War between the United States and Mexico, Illustrated.

ISBN 0-87611-138-X (cloth), -147-0 (limited). 17 1/2 x 24 in., 100 pp. 12 colored lithographs, introduction.

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Publication of this book was made possible by a grant from the Summerfield G. Roberts Foundation of Dallas.

Originally published in 1851, this was the most beautiful nineteenth-century publication relating to the early history of Texas. Ron Tyler's new introduction to this facsimile edition provides the context for Kendall's narrative of the war, illustrated with Carl Nebel's beautiful hand-colored lithographs of the most important battles of the war, beginning with the Battle of Palo Alto, which took place on Texas soil.

The limited edition, in a cloth tray case with leather spine, is signed by Ron Tyler and bound in specially selected cloth with a leather spine label and includes an extra set of the twelve color plates suitable for framing.

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