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    Amos Andrew 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. Interspersed With Anecdotes, Incidents and Observation. With a Brief Sketch of the Texian War. Concord, N.H.: Published by William White. Boston: Benjamin B. Mussey. 1836. Second edition. 380 pages, including full-page woodcuts, frontispieces (folding colored map of Texas (10" x 7.5") and woodcut of "Prairie on Fire"). Original blind-stamped brown cloth with title "Texas" in gilt on spine preceded by a design of Texian flag stamped with the motto "Independence" inverted.

    Parker, the son of New Hampshire senator, visited Texas just prior to the Revolution, recording vivid and discerning descriptions, this being the second edition of his work. 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. The map (the Dearborn map described in Streeter's 1172A) is another variant from the first edition, and is quite rare and desirable. Only five copies of this book have appeared at auction in the last 30 years, and two of those lacked the map.

    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."

    Condition: Very good. Modest shelf-wear to the edges of the board with minor fraying at the spine ends. Contents with generally moderate foxing. Toning throughout more so at the preliminary and terminal pages. A few large stains scattered throughout. The map remains in excellent condition, displaying only some small stains.

    Reference: Streeter 1172A. Graff 3184. Basic Texas Books 159A. Rader 2589. Raines, pp. 161-62.


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