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"Five of the rarest lithographs of the [Mexican] War" (Tyler)

Army Portfolio. By Capt. D. P. Whiting, 7th Inf'y, U.S.A. No. 1 [wrapper title, all published].

New York: G. & W. Endicott, 1847.

Price: $27,500.00

About the item

First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed on front upper wrapper in ink, in an unidentified hand: "Presented by Johnson Whiting" Five tinted lithographed plates by Chas. Fendrich, F. Swinton (2), and C. Parsons (2), after Whiting, printed by G. & W. Endicott. Each approximately 18 x 23 inches. Folio. "Five of the rarest lithographs of the [Mexican] War" (Tyler). Original wrappers, rebacked, some edge tears and staining to the wrappers. Expert restoration to the plates. Peters, America on Stone, p.175; Eberstadt 162:910; Streeter sale 275; Ron Tyler, The Mexican War, pp.24-45; Reese, Best of the West 120 (note).

Item #367054

A very scarce series of Mexican-American War views, which according to Whiting family tradition was limited to no more than twenty-four sets (quoted by Goodspeed's of Boston in "The Month at Goodspeed's Book Shop" Vol. XXI, Nos. 2-3, November - December, 1959, p.43).

Daniel Powers Whiting was born in Troy, New York and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, where he received formal training as a topographical artist. He was assigned to the 7th U.S. Infantry, with which he served in various garrisons before being promoted to captain in the spring of 1845. In the Mexican-American War he served with the army of Gen. Zachary Taylor and saw action in the battles of Fort Brown, Monterey, Vera Cruz, and Cerro Gordo. Late in 1845, General Taylor's army was camped at Corpus Christi, Texas. In January 1846 it advanced to the United States side of the Rio Grande, remaining there until May, when it marched on the strongly fortified city of Monterey, eventually taking the city in September. It was this portion of the campaign that is portrayed in the present work by Whiting.

This work is one of the primary visual records of the conflict (with the Walke and Nebel portfolios), accurately recording the area at a turning point in its history. The plates are as follows:
1) "Monterey, As seen from a house-top in the main Plaza, [to the west.] October, 1846...[No. 1 of a Series.] [after the capture of the city by the U.S. Forces under Gen'l Taylor]." By Chas. Fendrich.
2) "Heights of Monterey, From the Saltillo road looking towards the City, [from the West,] [Worth's Division moving into position under the guns of the enemy, after the action of 'St. Jeronimo', on the morning of 21st. Septr. 1846]...[No. 2]." By F. Swinton.
3) "Valley towards Saltillo, From near the base of 'Palace Hill', at Monterey. [Looking to the S.West.]...[No. 3.] [with the rear guard and wagon train of the U.S. Army coming into the Castle after its capitulation]." By C. Parsons.
4) "Monterey, From Independence Hill, in the rear of the Bishop's Palace. As it appeared on 23d. September 1846. [Looking East.]...[No. 4] [with the village of Guadaloupe and Sierra Silla, or Saddle Mountain, in the distance]." By F. Swinton.
5) "Birds-eye view of the Camp of the Army of Occupation, commanded by Genl. Taylor. Near Corpus Christi, Texas, [from the North] Oct. 1845." By C. Parsons.

Whiting intended the series to continue beyond the single part which appeared; however, the loss of the original drawings for the other plates aboard a steamboat that sank in the Mississippi prevented any more than the present five plates being published.