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AUCTION 19

132. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR].  MARIN, Juan de.  El 20 de agosto de 1847.  “Churubusco.” Glorioso recuerdo histórico por el Capitan 1o. de Caballería Juan de Marin.  Mexico:  Imprenta de Guillermo Veraza, 1887. [2], 32 pp.  8vo, original green printed wrappers, stitched.  Upper wrapper with light water spotting, staining, and chipping, otherwise very good. Laid in from another copy are the first three leaves containing an ink manuscript presentation dated December 15, 1887, from “El Autor” to General Juan N. Méndez (1820-1894), who fought in most of Mexico’s late nineteenth-century wars, including both the U.S. and French invasions.  He twice served as governor of Puebla.

     First edition.  Garrett & Goodwin, The Mexican-American War, p. 162 (2 copies).  Tutorow 3413:  “A rare tract, a copy of which is in the United States Military Academy Library.”  The author relates, at least in part, memories of the battle of Churubusco, told him by his father, Francisco J. Marin, who participated in the action and toured the battlefield with the author in 1861.  Included are official documents.  This narrative is somewhat unusual for the large amount of sympathetic attention paid to the ill-fated San Patricios, a group of U.S.-Irish Catholics and others who deserted the U.S. cause and fought for the Mexicans. ($200-400)

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