Dorothy Sloan -- Books

AUCTION 22

 

Not a Gun in San Diego, San Francisco & Santa Barbara


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542.     TORNEL [Y MENDÍVIL], José Maria. Carta del General José María Tornel a sus amigos, sobre un artículo inserto en El Cosmopolita del día 17 de agosto del presente año. Mexico: Impreso por Ignacio Cumplido, Calle de los Rebeldes No. 2, 1839. [1-3], 4-25 [1, blank] pp., folding chart at end setting out location of arms and armaments in Mexico. 8vo (20.2 x 11.7 cm), original lilac printed ornamental wrappers, title within ornamental border on upper cover, sewn. Wraps lightly soiled and sunned, otherwise fine. Scarce.

     First edition. Palau 334527. Sabin 96198. Tornel, former minister to the U.S. and Secretary of War and the Navy during the Texas Revolution, gives a detailed analysis of the Mexican military forces, referring to the invasion of “los colonos de Tejas en el territorio de Arkansas.” Most interesting is the folding plate detailing specific armaments and their locations in Mexico. Tornel documents that 3,400 guns are available to the Ejército del Norte (which conducted Mexican operations against Texas), but that only twenty-four guns were to be found in California, and none in San Diego, San Francisco, or Santa Barbara.

($200-400)

 

Auction 22 Abstracts

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