First edition. 5 5/8" x 8 5/8" original embossed wrappers, stapled and two-hole punched, 72 pp., salutatory, illustrated. An extensively illustrated and detailed promotional for San Antonio just before the turn of the 20th century. The work provides lengthy and florid descriptions of the major sites, such as the Alamo, the missions, and other major public buildings and residences, as well as vignettes about life in the growing city and surrounding area. Several pages are dedicated to "Our Mexican Citizens," of whom the text explains, "The Mexicans are to be found in all parts of the city -- in the suburbs, around the old missions, and on the farms.... They are expert in manufacturing trinkets... and in vending candy and tamales, they have no superiors. They are by nature religious and extremely superstitious, and their rites and ceremonies are weird and mysterious." The final section describes Rockport and Aransas Pass as ideal holiday destinations on the Gulf Coast. Light wear and soiling to wraps; moderate chip at top edge of rear wrapper. Light tanning and scattered creasing internally, overall a very good.copy.
Inventory Number: 46175