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A Journey Through Texas Or a Saddle-Trip on the Southwestern Frontier [Signed by Editor, Limited Edition]

Olmsted, Frederick Law [Edited by Randolph B. Campbell]

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ISBN 10: 1929531095 / ISBN 13: 9781929531097
Published by DeGolyer Library & William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Dallas, 2004
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Limited to 500 copies. Acid-free paper. Quarter-bound in dark green cloth with illustrated paper covers. This copy signed and dated by the editor, historian Randolph B. Campbell. This edition annotated with a Bibliography by the editor. Index. A magnificent publishing achievement. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 003694

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Title: A Journey Through Texas Or a Saddle-Trip on ...

Publisher: DeGolyer Library & William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Dallas

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: Limited

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"One of the 50 best books of all time on the American West."—True West Magazine

Before he became America's foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) was by turns a surveyor, merchant seaman, farmer, magazine publisher, and traveling newspaper correspondent. In 1856–57 he took a saddle trip through Texas to see the country and report on its lands and peoples. His description of the Lone Star State on the eve of the Civil War remains one of the best accounts of the American West ever published. Unvarnished by sentiment or myth making, based on firsthand observations, and backed with statistical research, Olmsted's narrative captures the manners, foods, entertainments, and conversations of the Texans, as well as their housing, agriculture, business, exotic animals, changeable weather, and the pervasive influence of slavery.

Back and forth from the Sabine to the Rio Grande, through San Augustine, Nacogdoches, San Marcos, San Antonio, Neu-Braunfels, Fredericksburg, Lavaca, Indianola, Goliad, Castroville, La Grange, Houston, Harrisburg, and Beaumont, Olmsted rode and questioned and listened and reported. Texas was then already a multiethnic and multiracial state, where Americans, Germans, Mexicans, Africans, and Indians of numerous tribes mixed uneasily. Olmsted interviewed planters, scouts, innkeepers, bartenders, housewives, drovers, loafers, Indian chiefs, priests, runaway slaves, and emigrants and refugees from every part of the known world—most of whom had "gone to Texas" looking for a fresh start. He also observed the breathtaking arrival of spring on the prairie and the starry nights that seemed to prove the truth of the German saying "The sky seems nearer in Texas."

Witold Rybczynski is the Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. His books include the J. Anthony Lukas Prize winner A Clearing in The Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century and The Perfect House.

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