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AUCTION 20

104. PARKER, A[mos] A[ndrew]. Trip to the West and Texas. Comprising a Journey of Eight Thousand Miles, through New-York, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Louisiana and Texas, in the Autumn and Winter of 1834—5. Interspersed with Anecdotes, Incidents and Observations. Concord: Printed and Published by White & Fisher, 1835. 276 pp., 2 woodcut plates: (1) Catching Wild Horses (frontispiece, 7.5 x 7.3 cm); (2) Shooting Deer (facing p. 141, 6.4 x 7.1 cm). 12mo, original brown cloth, gilt-lettered tan leather spine label. Binding worn and rubbed, loose in binding, foxed. Difficult to find in fine condition.

     First edition. Basic Texas Books 159: "Parker, an observant chronicler, visited Texas just prior to the revolution. Ray Allen Billington states: ‘His descriptions of the Texan settlements and people are vivid and discerning. He also reveals the cultural conflicts with Mexico which played a part in the Texas Revolution. Because this is one of the earliest travel books written in English about Texas, it is of great value.'" Buck 276. Clark, Old South III:82: "One of the earliest descriptions of Texas in English, by an observing and friendly traveler...land, crops, game, and advice to travelers and emigrants." Graff 3183. Howes P74. Kelsey, Engraved Prints of Texas, 1554-1900, p. 26. Phillips, Sporting Books, p. 286. Plains & Rockies IV:57a:1. Rader 2588. Raines, pp. 161-62. Sabin 58643. Sibley, Travelers in Texas, p. 217. Streeter 1172. The section titled “General View of Texas” commences: “From whatever point you approach Texas, its aspect is unfavorable.” ($400-800)

Sold. Hammer: $400.00; Price Realized: $470.00

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