Rambles and Scrambles in Texas - Personalized Limited Edition

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"Texas! Texas!

It stirs the heart like the sound of a trumpet!"

Discovering things nobody knew before is one of the pleasures of bringing rare works of Texas history back to life.

This book is in numerous Texas history bibliographies, but none of them provide any information about the author.

State librarian C. W. Raines provided only this enigmatic notation: "Texas, descriptive and historical. By a facile pen."

We had some digging to do.

A few quick facts:

The author, Dr. Frederick Page, was a Harvard trained physician living in Louisiana. His book was published in 1845 and details a journey he took through Texas in 1838. 

Rambles & Scrambles in Texas, on the surface, falls into the "travel book" category. And Page's "facile pen" makes it shine as a road trip narrative.

In the early years of Texas independence, few people traveled here for pleasure. Not that there wasn't interest. In fact, people in the United States couldn't get enough information about the Lone Star Republic.
But the fact was, Texas was far away and filled with too many dangers for people to make the trek without good reason.
So if a man of means decided to see what Texas held, you can be sure his ultimate purpose was to become a man of even greater means.
That's what brought Dr. Frederick Page to Texas in 1838. He had certain business ventures in mind. One of them was coal mining.
In late 1839, Dr. Page and his business associates established the Trinity Coal and Mining Company. Its charter was signed by President Lamar in early 1840.
Their aim was to mine coal along the Trinity River in what was then Montgomery County, now Walker and San Jacinto Counties.

Here's what's inside:

CHAPTER I - TEXAS

Texas-Its Beauty and Attractions - Immigration - A Country for the Rich and Poor - Its population and Government - Its Destiny - New Estrémadura - The Prophecy

CHAPTER II - RED RIVER
Red River - Alexandria - Accidents - Apostrophe to Steam - Natchitoches - A Hurly-burly - Land Route - Rio Hondo - Fort Jessup - Adaés - M. De Pagés - Effects of a Hurricane - Rough Country - The Sabine - An Early Emigrant

CHAPTER III - SAN AUGUSTINE AND SABINE COUNTIES, ETC.
Texas-Boundary Line - Indians - Lost Tribes Enumerated - Their Numbers and Destiny - Red Lands - Milam - San Augustine - Courts and Lawyers - Land Commissioners and Titles - Caution to Emigrants

CHAPTER IV - NACOGDOCHES COUNTY
Rambles continued - Atoyac - Night in a Cabin - False Alarm - Nacogdoches - Amusements - A Forlorn Damsel - Public Rejoicing - Evening Ball, and a Surrender

CHAPTER V - HARRISON AND NACOGDOCHES COUNTIES
Land Routes to Texas - Shreveport - Greenwood - New Boundary Annexation - Old Caddo Village - Bloody Prairie - Absence of Crime in Texas - Sabine River - Walling's Ferry - Beaver Dam - Shawnee Village - Effects of a Tornado - Pleasant Route - Atlantic and Pacific Railroad - Union of the Trinity and Mississippi

CHAPTER VI - NACOGDOCHES AND HOUSTON COUNTIES
Rambles continued - A Virginia Emigrant - Colony of Ants - Angelina - Neches - Face of the Country - Minerals, etc. - A Storm - Party Reinforced - Reasons for Emigrating

CHAPTER VII - HOUSTON AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES
Origin of the word "Texas" - Cherokee Country and Tribe - Indian Treaties - Crockett - Fort Houston - River Bottoms - The Trinity - Mexican Trade - The Mocking-bird - A Landscape and a Surprise - Salinilla and the Spirit of a Dream

CHAPTER VIII - MONTGOMERY COUNTY, ETC.
Texas-Trinity River - Its Navigation-Beautiful Country - Agricultural Products - Cattle and Horses - Wild Game - Fruits and Vegetables Minerals - Coal Mines - Salt Wells and Mineral Springs - Inducements to Emigrate

CHAPTER IX - HOUSTON AND GALVESTON, ETC.
Rambles continued - Old Fort - Natural Grapery - Rolling Prairies - Montgomery - Houston - Its Growth and Trade - Trip to Galveston - San Jacinto - A Norther - Importance of Galveston - The Marina - Sea bathing - Fish and Oysters - A Modern Tyre - The American Consul and Family

CHAPTER X - HARRIS AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES
Return to Houston - Battle of San Jacinto - Loss of a Young Patriot - Departure for San Antonio - Atmospheric Changes - Prairie Scenes - Early Emigrants - First Impressions - Advice to Ramblers - Brassos Country - Long Drought - San Felipe and a Sucker

CHAPTER XI - WASHINGTON AND MILAM COUNTIES
Rambles Continued - Washington - Cole's Settlement - Salines Yegua - Indian Hunting Grounds - Robinson's Colony - Tenoxticlan - Nashville - El Paradiso - Columbus - Texan Glory and Mexican Retreat - Bastrop - Austin - Indians crossing the Colorado - A Novel Scene

CHAPTER XII - FAYETTE AND COLORADO COUNTIES
Texas - Columbus - Good Fare - Fellow Ramblers - Navidad - La Baca - A Solitary Widow - Appearance of the Country - Texan Landscape - Capitol Hill - Mexican Soldiers - Bivouac and a Lucky Escape - Reinforcement of our Party

CHAPTER XIII - COLORADO AND GONZALES COUNTIES, ETC
Texas - Gonzales - Forty-mile Hole - Indian Legends Sand-Stone - Mound League - The Nopal - False Alarm - Rambles continued - San Antonio - Flora's Garden and Valley of Love

CHAPTER XIV - COUNTY OF BEXAR
San Antonio de Bexar - Its antiquity - Mexican Cabins - Delicious Climate - Fine Bathing - Passion of Love - Earthly Paradise - The Alamo - San Antonio River - Water Power - Manufactures Anticipated - Canon de Ugalde - The Soldier's Retreat

CHAPTER XV - BEXAR AND VICTORIA COUNTIES, ETC.
Departure from San Antonio - Evening and Dreams - Mexican Dinner-The Surprise - A Rancho - Mexican Fare - Beautiful Country - Goliad - Lipan Indians - A Chief and his Daughters - Fire-water - Lost Prairie - Surrender and Treachery

CHAPTER XVI - JACKSON AND FORT BEND COUNTIES, ETC.
Departure from Goliad - The Colette - "Blue Mozelle" - Victoria Guadaloupe - The Patriot -Garsette - Aranoosa - La Baca - Texana - Pious Pilgrims - Spanish Envoys - Navidad - Colorado - Bernard - Return to Houston

CHAPTER XVII - MONTGOMERY COUNTY, ETC.
Texas - General Features and Beauty - Lost Cumanche - Blessing Invoked - Vineyard - Springtime - Rambles Eastward - Montgomery - Huntsville - New Cincinnati - Osceola - Salinilla Springs - Beautiful - Landscapes - Sentimental Reflections, etc.

CHAPTER XVIII - SALINILLA SPRINGS
Texas - Montgomery County - Fountain of Youth - Salinilla Springs - Their Situation and Value - Variety of Waters - Composition and Medicinal Qualities - Chemical Analysis and Uses - General Inferences, and Concluding Remarks

It is our privilege to bring Rambles & Scrambles in Texas back to life for today's Texans.

This limited edition is just 254 copies, one for each county in Texas, and the jacket is personalized with your name or that of your recipient.  
BONUS:  It's our custom to give you something extra when you order one of our limited edition books during the early-bird window. 
This time it's a copy of the folding map that accompanied the original 1845 edition. This is the first time it has been reproduced.

 

     Physical Details

    • Rambles and Scrambles in Texas 
    • Limited Edition of 254 copies
    • Each one is hand numbered
    • 142 pages
    • Jacket personalized with your name (or any name you choose)

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