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211. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]. UNITED STATES.
PRESIDENT (James K. Polk). Message from the
President...to the Two Houses of Congress at the
Commencement of the First Session of the Thirtieth
Congress. Washington: SED1, 1847. 1369  + 249 pp., 5
tables, 16 lithographed folding maps, including California
and New Mexico battles: (1) Sketch of the Actions Fought
at San Pascal in Upper California between the Americans and
Mexicans; (2) Sketch of the Battle of Los Angeles
Upper California Fought between the Americans and the
Mexicans [showing about 16 structures!]; (3)
Sketch of the Passage of the Rio San Gabriel, Upper
California, by the Americans, Discomfiting the Opposing
Mex. Forces; (4) Untitled map of the California coast
from slightly north of Sutters Fort to Cabo San
Lucas; (5) Sketch Accompanying Col. Prices
Despatch of 18 April 1847 [shows road from Santa Fe to
Cañada]; (6) Sketch Accompanying Col.
Prices Despatch of 15th. April 1847
[shows region between Joya and Embudo]; (7) Sketch
Accompanying Col. Price Despatch [Taos and environs].
Thick 8vo, contemporary three-quarter brown calf over
marbled boards. Occasional mild foxing, a few tape repairs
to maps, generally a very good to very fine copy, with
ownership inscription of John Hancock of Albany dated
First edition. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 321. Haferkorn, pp. 22-23. Plains & Rockies IV:133: "Fitzpatricks letter from Bents Fort is a valuable recounting of his experiences after leaving Fort Leavenworth for the Arkansas River...he also describes conditions on the Santa Fe Trail." Graff 1344. Rittenhouse 207. Tutorow 1684. Pingenot: A massive storehouse of information covering almost every aspect of the War and is especially valuable for its fine maps of battles in Mexico, California, and New Mexico. This work is among the most substantial and important of all U.S. Government reports on the Mexican War, comprising President Polks State of the Union message along with Secretary of War William L. Marcys compilation of officers reports and correspondence from the battle fields during 1847. Includes extensive primary information on Taylors triumph at Buena Vista, General Winfield Scott at Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, Contreras, San Antonio, Churusbusco, Molino del Rey, and Mexico City, Col. A. W. Doniphan and other officers reports on the Chihuahua Expedition; Col. Sterling Price and officers reports on New Mexico; and General Stephen W. Kearnys reports on California. Also includes reports of the Ordinance, Quartermaster, and Engineer, Indian agencies, and other War Department bureaus and offices. The folding maps are superb.