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Houstoun, Mrs. [Matilda]
Texas and the Gulf of Mexico; Or, Yachting in the New World [Volumes I and II]
Two volume set. London, John Murray, 1844. First Edition. 8vo 8” - 9” tall. 314pp; 360pp. Hardcover. Good. Blue-green cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine; all plates are present; Vol. II has 16pp of advertisements. Housed in modern clamshell boxes. Boards have light sunning and minor chipping; previous owners’ bookplates found in both volumes; gutters starting to crack; plates have moderate foxing. From Jenkins: “This sprightly account was written by a wealthy English lady who visited Texas in 1842 in her husband’s yacht. Her view of the Texans is surprisingly free of snobbery…[and] she had the rare gift of intellect and character that enabled her to perceive the idiosyncrasies of the Texans without the bitterness and mockery of Mr. Dickens or Mrs. Trollope. Her narrative is so light and breezy that it is easy to shrug it off as superficial; in fact, she gives us some exceptional insights into Texas of the 1840’s. ” Howes H-693. Jenkins Basic Texas Books 97. .
Bookseller: Back of Beyond Books, ABAA [United States]
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