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    [Frederick B. Page] Prairiedom: Rambles and Scrambles in Texas or New Estremedura. By a Suthron. With a Map, Signed Twice by the Author. New York: Paine & Burgess, 1845. First edition. 12mo. 166pp. with folding map and 18 pp. publisher's advertisement. Bound in brown cloth with intricate gilt decoration on boards and spine. Gilt-edged leaves. Signed twice by the author in pencil: on initial flyleaf "F.C. Page From the Author, F.B. Page," and "F.B. Page, M.D." on title page. Minor wear to spine ends and corners; some fading at spine. Map is intact and in fine condition, with some areas of minor foxing. Textblock is clean and tight, with occasional foxing throughout. Housed in a custom blue buckram case with leather label bearing gilt lettering. In fine condition and very desirable.

    Being an account of Page's wide-ranging travels, undertaken in the spring of 1839, from the Sabine via Nacogdoches, Houston and Bastrop to San Antonio, returning to Houston by way of Texana and Goliad. As noted by Streeter: "[This account] brings back to us now in a charming fashion the Texas of 1839." The 13 x 10.5" fold-out map provides detail of the geographical and political boundaries of Mexico and the southwest, with a more detailed inset of the Texas coastline.

    Dr. Frederick B. Page was a graduate of Harvard Medical School and something of a Renaissance man; in addition to being a writer and explorer, he was also a successful entrepreneur. Five years prior to the publication of this book, Page and four others incorporated Trinity Coal & Mining , the first Texas mining operation authorized to open and work mines of coal, lead, iron, and other minerals, and to quarry stone on or near the Trinity River.

    Reference:
    Streeter 1604. Howes p. 9 "aa." Raines p. 167. Rader 2568. Clark III: 221. Sabin 93969. Graff 3159.


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