Washington, D.C: Wendell and Van Benthuysen, Printers, 1848.
First edition, House issue, later printing (gatherings 2 & 9 with Senate issue running head). With 64 lithographic plates after John Mix Stanley, C.B. Graham Lith.; 3 lithographic battle plans and folding lithographic map, “Sketch of part of the march & wagon road of Lt. Colonel Cooke”, lacking “Map of the Territory of New Mexico”. 614, [2, blank] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Original brown cloth, printed paper label. Shaken, label toned and worn, joints and extremities worn. Some foxing, marginal flaws to “Mouth of the Night Creek” plate facing p. 60; second botanical plate trimmed along foot; p. 531/532 trimmed at fore edge with loss of a few letters; third fossil plate trimmed along fore edge. Good copy lacking the map. Howes E 145; Wagner-Camp 148:5; Rittenhouse 188; Zamorano 80 no. 33; Arizona 100:25. Item #42372
An acceptable copy of these important accounts of the southwest, made by Emory and Abert as part of Gen Kearny’s passage through what was then northern Mexico. An “informed eyewitness account of the military campaign that crossed present day southern Arizona along the Gila River to the Yuma Crossing, along with the first American scientific description of the people, geography, and botany of the region” (Arizona 100). The illustrations and views are striking and represent some of the earliest images of the Southwest that civilians and politicians in the east would have seen. Lacking the large folding map of the Territory of New Mexico
Pp. -548: ABERT, James William. Report … of the Examination of New Mexico. (See Wagner Camp 143).
Pp. -: COOKE, P. St George. Report … of His March from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to San Diego, Upper California.
Pp. -614. JOHNSTON, A.R. Report of Captain A.R. Johnston, First Dragoons.
Inscribed on endpaper " Maj. Pollard with respects of his friend Tho. Donoho Larner Washington Feb 1, 1851"
Price: $250.00 Free Domestic Delivery