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    Bella French Swisher, editor. The American Sketch Book. A Collection of Historical Incidents with Descriptions of Corresponding Localities. Volume IV. Austin: Sketch Book Publishing House, 1879. 8vo, 382 pages. Engraving of the city of Austin as seen from the "Deaf and Dumb Asylum" as frontispiece. Half-bound in brown cloth and leather over boards. Gilt lettering stamped on the spine with four raised bands. Boards are heavily worn with some water damage on the front board. Bumped corners. Front hinge is cracked resulting in the separation of the first few pages (up to page 5) from the binding; the spine cover is detaching at the bottom. Board edges are frayed in places. Pages are toned with scattered foxing. Page 146 has been repaired and is wrinkling; bottom corner of page 105/6 is torn off. Pencil notations on the table of contents.
    Reference: Bradford 1786

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    The American Sketch Book was originally intended as a monthly devoted to the local history of Wisconsin. Swisher moved to Austin in 1877 and revived the book with an emphasis on Texas. In 1878, she married John M. Swisher, a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto.

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