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Pingenot Auction, Lot 122

122. GILLIAM, Albert M. Travels Over the Table Lands and Cordilleras of Mexico, During the Years 1843 and 44; Including a Description of California... Philadelphia: John W. Moore, 1846. 455 pp., 10 lithographic plates, 3 folding maps: (1) Map of Gilliam’s Travels in Mexico Including Texas and Part of the United States. Philadelphia: T. Sinclair (49.1 x 47.1 cm; 19-3/8 x 18-1/2 inches); (2) Map of the Valley of Mexico. Philadelphia: T. Sinclair (20.6 x 18.9 cm; 8-1/8 x 7-3/8 inches); (3) Map of Oregon Upper & Lower California, with Part of British-America, The United States and Mexico. Philadelphia: T. Sinclair (45.1 x 42.9 cm (17-3/4 x 16-7/8 inches). Tall 8vo, original blindstamped cloth, gilt. Some water stains on upper cover, very good copy.
        First edition. Barrett 975. Cowan, p. 238. Howes G179. Graff 1554. Munk (Alliott), p. 87. Plains & Rockies IV:120c:1: "Of particular interest...are the parts dealing with Oregon, California, and the Texan Revolution and subsequent annexation by the U.S." Raines, p. 94. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 510-511; Gold Region 24-25. Pingenot: Although Gilliam was appointed the first United States consul to California, he never seems to have made it to his post at San Francisco. The travel portion of this books is devoted to Mexico, which he seems to have surveyed quite thoroughly. His work contains considerable material about Oregon, California, Texas, the Texas Revolution, the annexation of Texas, etc. One of the maps, purporting to show his route, gives a detailed picture of Texas. The other map is of Oregon and the Californias. The plates of Mexico are interesting.