St. Louis: Woodward & Tiernan Printing Co., 1894. Ninth edition stated. 7½” x 5”. Printed wrappers. pp. 93, [3, advertisements] + folding map measuring 17” x 20¾” with portions colored in yellow. Book good: wrappers worn, soiled and chipped, rear wrapper reattached at an early date with paper tape; internally very good with the occasional fox or soil spot; map very good minus: adhered to rear wrapper with cloth tape on its verso which also repairs a three inch split at a fold.
This promotional book and guide to Texas from the Missouri Pacific Railway Company has over 25 engraved illustrations including a view of Galveston from its harbor and a cotton platform in Fort Worth as well as imagery from Dallas, Big Spring, Hearne, San Antonio and more. There are sections on transportation, climate, agriculture and other resources, land availability and information on Texas as resort country. The map, showing the State of Texas in full, is highlighted in yellow and has a large illustration of the Texas Capitol Building in its upper right corner. It also has an inset map measuring 5½” x 5¾” which shows the Great Southwest System of the Missouri Pacific, including all the states bordering Texas, Indian Territory, and others.
Scarce in the market with only a copy from 1890 appearing in the online auction records. OCLC locates the following, with the present edition apparently the scarcest institutionally: 11 copies of 1889 editions over three entries (with one denoted as “fourth edition”); six of 1890's fifth edition, three of 1890's seventh edition, and eight from 1890 of an unstated edition; four copies of an 1893 unstated edition, three of 1893's eighth edition; two of 1894's ninth edition (our copy) and two of 1894's tenth edition. We located no printings after 1894. Adams, Herd 2268 cites an 1884 edition that we do not find in OCLC. Very good. Item #3638