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    A. A. Parker. 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. Concord, N. H.: William White and Boston: Benjamin Mussey, 1836. Second edition. Twelvemo. iv, [5], 6-376 pages; folding colored map, frontispiece woodcut of "Prairie on Fire," and two additional illustrated plates inserted. Original cloth, boards decoratively paneled in blind, spine lettered in gilt, "Texas," with a flag motif bearing the word "Independence" stamped in gilt just above. Expertly rebacked with original spine laid down. Boards rubbed with spots of soil and moderate wear at edges; spine gilt faintly fading. Hinges strengthened; endpapers foxed; previous owner signature. Very good, with skillful restoration. Housed in a custom clamshell case. From the private collection of Stephen Lyle Boyd.

    Graff (3184) calls this issue "The second and better edition," containing significant additions to the first edition. Of particular note is the addition of a 56-page "Sketch of the Texian Revolution," being one of the earliest accounts of events surrounding the Revolution in book form, as well as the folding map, usually lacking.

    As noted by Streeter (1172), the book, "...includes a rather pedestrian account of a sightseeing journey of a little over a month in December, 1834, from the Sabine to the Colorado, then back to San Felipe and Brazoria. In the account are around forty pages with the caption heading, "General View of Texas." The "Brief Sketch of the Texian War... tells the story in popular form to the capture of Santa Anna at San Jacinto. Parker's entire journey, as outlined on the title page, was to gather information on the regions visited. Even though quite prosaic in style, it has for a little known new country like Texas the interest that is present in any early contemporary account of travels. Parker, a graduate of the University of Vermont in 1813, was a New Hampshire lawyer and judge, and an occasional author. There is a brief account of him in the General Catalogue of the University of Vermont, Burlington, 1901." Streeter 1172A. Graff 3184. Basic Texas Books 159A. Rader 2589. Raines, pp. 161-62.


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