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    [Frederick B. Page]. Prairiedom: Rambles and Scrambles in Texas or New Estremadura. New York: 1846. Second edition.

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    [Frederick B. Page]. Prariedom: Rambles and Scrambles in Texas or New Extremadura. By A. Suthron. New York: Paine and Burgess, 1846. Second edition. Twelvemo. [v], iv-vi, [1], 12-166. Map illustration. Rebound in brown leather with title at spine in gilt. Library label at front pastedown. Moderate foxing to cloth. Binding sharp. Very good or better. From the private collection of Stephen Lyle Boyd.

    Frederick B. Page, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, traveled throughout Texas in the spring of 1839, through Nacogdoches, Houston, Bastrop, Goliad, and San Antonio. Streeter acknowledges the book to be a "pleasant account of the author's travels in Texas." Indeed, Page waxes loquacious with his descriptions. San Antonio, for instance: "The air here is always balmy, and elastic as a morning zephyr. It is as fresh as a rose leaf; and the mind and body both seem buoyed up by it. Those who have breathed the nitrous oxide gas may have some idea of its elasticity, and sweetness, and its happy effects upon the soul." At frequent intervals Page pauses in his observations to praise the inroads of civilization taming the frontier: "The fandango is no more. The monte table is broken, and the cards are scattered. The schoolmaster has arrived, and civilisation is to spread abroad here upon the wings of the American eagle, and knowledge is to cover the land as the waters cover the sea. Savage cruelty, rioting and drunkenness have disappeared with this noisy, dirty, and querulous race." C. W. Raines sums up the book in a single sentence. "Texas, descriptive and historical, by a facile pen." Howes P9. Graff 3159. Raines, p. 167. Sabin 88599; 93969. Streeter 1604.

     



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