STEVENS, Walter B. (1848-1939). Through Texas: A Series of Interesting and Instructive Letters. St. Louis: Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway Co, 1893.

$ 240.00

8vo., (8 ½ x 5 ¾ inches). (Toned throughout). With Map of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Ry. and Connecting Lines on verso of front wrapper. 115 vignette illustrations by Armand Welcker. Original pictorial stiff paper wrappers (some rubbing with slight fraying to spine).

Second edition, first published in 1892. Written by a special correspondent for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, this promotional pamphlet features reprinted articles by Walter B. Stevens, dispatched during his three-month tour of Texas in 1892. He was accompanied by a special artist, Armand Welcker, to draw graphic pen sketches to illustrate the letters. The pamphlet hopes to entice “those who are contemplating a change of location; who are seeking investments or a home; or are in search of pleasure, recreation or health” to “taste of this beautiful and bounteous land” and “in person enjoy this glorious feast.” Readers are of course reminded that “the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway is at their service, and that we will speed them along from St. Louis, Chicago, Kansas City, and intermediate points in Missouri, Kansas and the Indian Territory, to Texas.” A charming slice of Western American history.