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Pingenot Auction, Lot 307

307. TURNLEY, Parmenas Taylor. Reminiscences of...from the Cradle to Three-Score and Ten... Chicago: Donohue & Henneberry, 1892. 448 pp., frontispiece portrait, 6 plates, text illustration (coat-of-arms). 8vo, original brown blind-stamped cloth, gilt-lettered spine, a.e.g. Hinges cracked, else fine. Long presentation, signed by the author.
         First edition, the preferred issue, with the four extra plates (Howes notes only 3 extra plates in some copies). Conner & Faulk, North America Divided 96. Eberstadt, Modern Overlands 493. Flake 9057: "Trip through Salt Lake City in 1858, and an account of the rise of Mormonism." Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 258. Graff 4217. Howes T429. Paullin Sale 3037: "Excessively rare." Pingenot: A rare and little-known work. In a letter written in 1893, Turnley stated that only 250 copies were printed for private distribution (see Graff 4213). After graduating from West Point, Turnley served in the Mexican War in New Orleans, Monterey, Vera Cruz, and Mexico City. After the war he spent considerable time in Texas, serving in Austin, San Antonio, Fort Inge, and along the Rio Grande with Captain Sidney Burbank in the establishment of Fort Duncan in 1849. He accompanied Harney’s Sioux expedition, went overland to Ft. Bridger, Salt Lake, and other western posts. He served with the Union during the Civil War, engaged in politics, and went on a special commission to Denver. Not in Haferkorn, Streeter Sale, or Tutorow (Tutorow lists three Mexican War items by this author, but not the present work).
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750-1,500)