Journal of a Military Reconnaissance, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the Navajo Country. James H. Simpson.
Journal of a Military Reconnaissance, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the Navajo Country
Journal of a Military Reconnaissance, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the Navajo Country
Journal of a Military Reconnaissance, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the Navajo Country
Journal of a Military Reconnaissance, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the Navajo Country
Journal of a Military Reconnaissance, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the Navajo Country
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Important Color Plates on Southwest Indians

Journal of a Military Reconnaissance, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the Navajo Country.

Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo and Co., Successors to Grigg, Elliot and Co, 1852.

First Edition. Large folding map and seventy-five plates (many tinted or in color, including frontispiece). 140pp, plus publisher's ads in the rear (paginated 1-24, followed by duplicate pages 9-12]. 8vo. Important Color Plates on Southwest Indians. Publisher's green cloth, covers blocked in blind, spine lettered in gilt. Minor wear at edges. Scattered foxing, old celloptape stain along short tear at gutter of folding map Wagner-Camp 218; Graff 3789; Wheat Transmississippi 641. Field 1413. Howes S498, "aa."; Pilling, Proof-Sheets 3608; Bennett, p.98; Déak, Picturing America 590; Palau 31488; Reese, Stamped with a National Character 29. Provenance: Frank L. Hadley (bookplate); William H. Claflin, Jr. (bookplate). Item #320170

"One of the most accurate and complete of all narratives of exploration of the country of the Zuni and Pueblo Indians" - Field.  Wheat praises the map as "An arresting production bringing out many new details of the region directly west of New Mexico." 

Simpson was the first Anglo explorer to visit and describe Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Pueblo Bonita, Inscription Rock, and other sites in northern Arizona.  As William Goetzmann notes, the work is "a major Southwestern archaeological endeavor" and "no serious student can afford to neglect Simpson's report even in the present day."  The plates, handsomely illustrating Navajo costumes, artifacts, and sites, make this an important American color plate book, with thirty-four colored plates.  Deák cites the well known view of Santa Fe by Richard Kern.  Also included is a comparative vocabulary of the Pueblo language of the "wild tribes" of the borders of New Mexico.

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