PAGE, Frederic Benjamin (as “A Suthron”). Prairiedom: Rambles and Scrambles in Texas or New Estrémadura. New York: Paine & Burgess, 1845.

$ 2,500.00

12mo., (7 ½ x 4 ¾ inches). Publisher’s advertisement “Opinions of the Press on the Medici Series of Italian Prose.” Fine folding engraved frontispiece map of Mexico (one or two spots). Original dark green publisher’s finely ribbed cloth decorated in blind on both covers, with elaborate gilt floral tooling on the spine, modern slipcase (light wear to extremities expert repair to rear free endpaper).

Provenance: “Caldwell-Lake George Public Library” blind-stamped to foot of title page and again in manuscript to the first page of Chapter 1.

First edition. “Texas! Texas! It stirs the heart like the sound of a trumpet” (p. 19). So begins a “Suthron’s” vivid depiction of the Lone Star State, which joined the Union the same year this book was published. “This is a pleasant account of the author’s travels in Texas, for the most part of a journey in the spring of 1839 from the Sabine by way of Nacogdoches, Houston, and Bastrop to San Antonio and return to Houston by way of Goliad and Texana” (Streeter). Howes P9 (“aa”). “Nueva Estrémadura” (the original Estrémadura is a province in Spain) is another name for Coahuila, a present-day Mexican state which borders on Texas. The lovely map depicts Mexico and much of the Southwest with an inset of Texas.