Description[Matilda Charlotte Houstoun]. Texas and the Gulf of Mexico; or Yachting in the New World: By Mrs. Houstoun. With Portraits and Illustrations. London: John Murray, 1844. First edition. Two octavo volumes. viii, 314; viii, 360 pages. No advertisements at the end of Volume II. Illustrated with nine of ten engraved plates called for (lacking the frontispiece plate of the city of Houston). Contemporary brown wrappers backed in cloth with titles lettered in gilt on each spine.
"This sprightly account was written by a wealthy English lady who visited Texas in 1842 in her husband's private yacht. Her view of the Texans is surprisingly free of snobbery, although she viewed them with the same paternalism that the English of her day viewed all non-Englishmen. Moreover, she had that rare gift of intellect and character that enabled her to perceive the idiosyncrasies of the Texans. 'Were I asked what is the national religion of the Texan people, I should answer none.' She called Texans 'an impatient people; they drive to, and at their end, with greater velocity than any individuals I ever saw or ever heard of. Nothing stops them in their go-ahead career'" (Basic Texas Books).
Condition: Modest wear and staining to the typically fragile wrappers of each volume. Front wrapper of Volume II loose (ergo the lacking frontispiece), otherwise a better than usual set, sound and in very good condition.
References: Basic Texas Books 97. Clark III-182. Howes H693. Raines, p. 120. Sabin 33202. Streeter, 1506.
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