[San Antonio, Texas?]: Johnson Brothers Printers, [188?]. A Delightful Winter Resort! Historic San Antonio Texas. The Alamo City. [Cover Title]. , 7½” x 5 1/8”. Stitched illustrated wrappers. pp. 51. Good: wrappers chipped and foxed, front wrapper with vertical crease, faint distributor's stamp and penciled date of 1888, leaves toned with dampstains in the margins which rarely affect text.
This is a land promotional by the “Publication Committee of the Citizens Association of San Antonio, Texas” which was almost certainly related to the Rhode Island based West End Town Company (“WETC”). The front wrapper and final page of text bear the stamp of George W. Russ & Company. Russ was president of the WETC (and listed as a principal of the Citizens Association) which owned around 1,000 acres in the northwest section of San Antonio. To hawk potential home sites, they created the West End Lake by damming Alazan Creek. It was touted as the finest artificial lake in the South with an outdoor pavilion and electric lights.
The book's introduction mentioned that “San Antonio needs no exaggerated description” while pointing out that “its charming, bracing, health-giving climate—its historic interest—its pleasing scenery—its comfort—its hospitable, educated, refined, thriving, contented people, and its rapid growth in population and wealth, makes it to-day the most complete and attractive resort on the American continent.” A large portion of the text is devoted to San Antonio's climate and its benefits to the sick, with a number of testimonials from doctors and those healed. There are also sections on nearby cities and resorts, hunting and fishing, the history of the area and its plans for near future growth.
While Russ was also one of the founders of the San Antonio Printing Company in 1891, the WETC eventually collapsed and lost the land to foreclosure.
OCLC locates six copies over three entries. None traced at auction.
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