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AUCTION 18

Texas, California, the Southwest U.S., Mexico & the Borderlands:
Interesting books, broadsides, maps & ephemera

Lot 36

First view of the Alamo to be lithographed from an eyewitness drawing

36. HUGHES, George. W. Report of the Secretary of War, Communicating...Operations of the Army of the United States in Texas and the Adjacent Mexican States on the Rio Grande... [half-title]: Memoir Descriptive of the March of a Division of the United States Army, under the Command of Brigadier General John E. Wool, from San Antonio de Bexar, in Texas, to Saltillo, in Mexico...1846. [Washington, 1850]. 31st Congress, 1st Session, Senate Executive Document 32. 67 pp., 8 lithograph plates (after watercolors by Edward Everett), 2 folding lithograph maps. 8vo, new blue cloth. Occasional very mild foxing, overall very fine.

Maps

Map Showing the Line of March of the Centre Division Army of Mexico, under the Command of Brigr. Genl. John E. Wool, from San Antonio de Bexar, Texas, to Saltillo, Mexico....1846. 49 x 46.3 cm; 19-1/4 x 18-1/4 inches.

Map Showing the Route of the Arkansas Regiment from Shreveport La to San Antonio de Bexar Texas. 29 x 43.5 cm; 11-3/8 x 17-1/8 inches.

Plates

San Antonio de Bexar 1846. [lower right, below border]: C. B. Graham, Lithog.

Ruins of the Church of the Alamo, San Antonio de Bexar. Scale 10 feet to an Inch, 1850. [below border]: Drawn by Edwd. Everett | C. B. Graham, Lithog.

Interior View of the Church of the Alamo. [below border]: Drawn by Edwd. Everett | C. B. Graham, Lithog. Washn.

Plan of the Ruins of the Alamo near San Antonio de Bexar 1846. Drawn by Edwd. Everett.

Mission Concepcion, Near San Antonio de Bexar [below border]: C. B. Graham, Lithog. | Drawn by Edwd. Everett

Mission of San Jose Near San Antonio de Bexar [below border]: Drawn by Edwd. Everett | C. B. Graham, Lithog.

Church near Monclova. [lower right, below border]: C. B. Graham, Lithog.

Watch Tower Near Monclova. [lower right, below border]: C. B. Graham, Lithog.

     First edition (often this report is described as a limited edition of 250 copies, but in reality, the statement on the document is that 250 additional copies were printed for the use of the Topographical Bureau). Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 296. Howes H767. Raines, p. 121. Tutorow 1634.

     Some of the lithographs in this work, including the Alamo images, are after the work of London-born artist Edward Everett (1818-1903), who came to the United States in 1840 and served in the Mormon War and the Mexican-American War. “His landscape sketches resemble those produced by the Hudson River School artists. Despite definite artistic ability, Everett identified himself as a ‘mechanical engineer’” (The Handbook of Texas Online: Edward Everett). Everett arrived in Texas with Wool’s division, which eventually made its headquarters in San Antonio. When Everett’s interest in drawing became known, he was given the task of making drawings of objects and buildings in the vicinity. Among those in San Antonio were the famous sketches of the ruined Alamo and the missions San José and Concepción, here published for the first time. Because he was wounded at a fandango, he did not march to Mexico with the Army and was discharged in June in 1847. The lithographs were done by Curtis Burr Graham, who also did Abert’s New Mexico report (q.v.) and Emory’s Notes of Military Reconnoissance. The views of the Alamo are the first lithographs to be made from an eyewitness drawing. ($750-1,500)

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