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    O[ran] M[ilo] Roberts. A Description of Texas, Its Advantages and Resources, with Some Account of Their Development, Past, Present and Future. St. Louis: Gilbert Book Co., 1881. 8vo. [2], x, [17]-133 [1, blank] pp. Frontispiece engraved portrait of Governor Roberts, with 8 chromolithograph plates, and 5 lithograph maps, 4 of which are hand-colored. Bound in full russet cloth with decorations stamped in black to front and blind-stamped to rear. Gilt-stamped titles, decoration, and state seal to front. Covers rubbed and somewhat threaded and lightly soiled with bumping to corners. Rubbing, light fraying and minor loss to spine and ends. Light toning to endpapers and page edges with foxing to maps at rear and occasional offsetting elsewhere. Some lightly folded corners. Owner's signature to front pastedown with note. Generally, a very good copy.

    Published while Roberts was still in office, this book by the Texas governor various topics, including travel across and the settling of the great state, its soil and geography, as well as its crops and natural resources. The eight vibrant chromolithographs within picture an Indian Chief; Mexicans; Farmer & Negro; Texian Hare;Catching Cattle With Lasso; Looking After Hogs; Using Mules as a Conveyance; and Manner of Driving Oxen. In addition, at rear are five two-page spread maps depicting the railroads; geological regions; climate areas; minerals; and vegetation of Texas; the last four with additional hand-coloring. "A valuable description of Texas" gathered from Roberts' travels through the state as a lawyer beginning in the year 1841. (Raines)

    References: Bradford 4667. Clark, Travels in the New South I:185. Eberstadt, Texas 162:287. Howes R344. Raines, p. 175.


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