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Pingenot Auction, Lot 157

SEVENTH AND BEST EDITION

157. KENDALL, George Wilkins. Narrative of the Texan Santa Fé Expedition... New York: Harper & Brothers, 1856. xviii [13] 452 + xiii [10]-442 pp., 5 engraved plates, folding map: Texas and Part of Mexico & the United States.... (40.5 x 28.8 cm; 15-7/8 x 11-1/8 inches). 2 vols., 8vo, original dark brown blind-stamped cloth. Endpapers with some staining, occasional mild to moderate foxing, overall a very good to fine set, with contemporary ink ownership inscription. Preserved in a brown cloth slipcase.
         The rare seventh edition, with additions (Falconer’s diary, synopsis of Marcy’s Red River discoveries, and a chapter on the Woll and Snively expeditions and the Mexican-American War). Basic Texas Books 116J. Eberstadt Texas 162:457: "The rarest and most sought of all editions." Fifty Texas Rarities 26a. Graff 2306. Plains & Rockies IV:110:10. Streeter 1515Bn: "This famous Narrative [went] through seven editions by 1856. This seventh edition...includes for the first time an account by Kendall’s companion and good friend, Thomas Falconer, of the course of the expedition from August 31st, when Kendall left the main body with the small group looking for the Mexican settlements, until its surrender early in October....The most desirable edition of the Narrative is that published by Harper & Brothers in 1856 with ‘Seventh Edition’ on the title page." WLA, A Literary History of the West, p. 499: "There are a few inspired pieces of journalism, such as George W. Kendall’s Narrative;" p. 624: "When Texas Republic president Mirabeau B. Lamar stubbornly commissioned the Texas-Santa Fe Expedition in 1841, an astute young journalist went along to report what he first believed to be a trading mission. Kendall of the New Orleans Picayune soon perceived that Lamar had grandiose plans to annex New Mexico to his republic. Kendall records with a sense of the newsworthy the hardships, the imprisoned members of the party suffered on their march to Mexico." This edition contains the same excellent map as in the first edition.

(2 vols.)
($1,200-2,400)