DescriptionMrs. Henry Harrison Beck (Fannie Davis Veale). On the Texas Frontier. Autobiography of a Texas Pioneer (Written at the Request of Her Children). St. Louis: Britt Printing and Publishing Company, . First edition. Signed by the author on the verso of the dedication page. With 12 illustrations including portraits of the author and her husband used as frontispieces. Illustrations at the head of each chapter by G. W. Engelke. Octavo. 295 pages. Original blue cloth with titles and covered wagon vignette stamped in gilt on the front board and titles stamped in gilt on the spine.
"Fanny Davis Veale Beck (1861-1956) was the daughter of William and Maria Lavenia (Cresswell) Veale, was born in Dresden, Texas, on October 15, 1861. In about 1863 the family moved to the vicinity of Palo Pinto, then on to the extreme western frontier of the state, where they were frequently attacked by Indians. At first the Veales lived in a large, rectangular, stone building that had been used for a fort. They later moved into a four-room, double log cabin. In On the Texas Frontier, a vivid, first-hand account of her life in Texas published in 1937, Fannie recalls the thirteen years of living in fear of the Indians before they were confined to reservations in 1875." (The Handbook of Texas). No original copies appear to have been sold in the last few decades.
Condition: Near fine. Light shelf-wear to boards; contents clean with some toning to the edges of the pages. Her husband's frontispiece portrait has become detached.
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