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Pingenot Auction, Lot 242


242. [PAGE, Frederic B.]. Prairiedom: Rambles and Scrambles in Texas or New Estrémadura. By a Suthron. New York: Paine & Burgess, 1845. 166 [2, blank] [3]-18 (ads) pp., engraved folding map within ornate border: Mexico [showing Mexico, Texas, the borderlands, and the West (24.2 x 30.3 cm; 9-1/2 x 12 inches), with inset of the settled portions of Texas and the coast. 12mo, original dark brown blind-stamped cloth, spine gilt. Upper joint neatly repaired and slight shelf wear. Unobtrusive embossed library stamp at bottom of title-page; inkstamp of library number at foot of dedication. Early ownership inscription on front pastedown, bookplate removed from front pastedown, remains of library slip on back pastedown, endsheets with some wear and staining. Interior fine, map excellent.
         First edition. Clark, Old South III:221: "Although the author includes some of his experiences on the road, this work is organized as a description of Texas rather than as a traveler’s log." Graff 3159. Howes P9. Rader 2568. Raines, p. 167. Streeter 1604: "This is a pleasant account of the author’s travels in Texas, for the most part of a journey in the spring of 1839 from the Sabine by way of Nacogdoches, Houston, Bastrop to San Antonio and return to Houston by way of Goliad and Texana, now Edna. It brings back to us now in charming fashion Texas of 1839." Page was a graduate of Harvard Medical School in 1821.