1844 Texas and the Gulf of Mexico; or, Yachting in the New World
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding, Scarce
The scarce two volume first edition of British travel writer, novelist, biographer, and women's right activist Matilda Houstoun's account of her travels around the Americas in the 1840s, about her and her husband's two-hundred tonne yacht, the 'Dolphin'.
An account of their journey to Galveston, arrival at New Orleans, and sailing along the Gulf of Mexico. They alternated between Texas and New Orleans during their stay.
Illustrated with a frontispiece to each volume, four further plates to volume I, and four further plates to volume II. Collated, complete.
With the bookplate of 'The Hendre' to each pastedown, and a four page publisher's catalogue to the rear of volume II.
The trip was taken for business purposes, as her husband was undertaking in beef manufacture and preservation at the time.
In the publisher's original cloth binding. Discolouration to back strip, with bumping to back strip head and tail, and loss to cloth at head of volume I back strip. Areas of fading to boards of volume II. Front hinge of volume I starting, with board holding firm. Bookplate to pastedowns. Volume II binding strained to centre of text block, with volume I firmly bound. Foxing to frontispieces and plate perimeters. Pages bright, with light spotting and handling marks throughout.
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