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    Trip to the West and Texas by A.A. Parker

    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 pp., including full-page woodcuts, frontispieces (folding colored map and woodcut of "Prairie on Fire"). Original bluish green cloth, blind embossed sides, with title "Texas" in gilt on spine preceded by design of Texian flag stamped with motto "Independence" inverted. Map: Texas Nathl Dearborn & Son, Engraver & Printer Boston.

    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. There is a brief account of him in the General Catalogue of the University of Vermont, Burlington, 1901." In fine condition and extremely desirable! From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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


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