[BIOGRAPHY]. SMITH, Isaac. Reminiscences of a Campaign in Mexico: An Account of the Operations of the Indiana Brigade on the Line of the Rio Grande and Sierra Madre, and a Vindication of the Volunteers against the Aspersions of Officials and Unofficials.... Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged. Indianapolis: Published by Chapmans & Spann, 1848. [1-3] 4-116 pp. 8vo (22.5 x 15 cm), original goldenrod printed wrappers, title within ornamental border (neatly rebacked and repaired in sympathetic paper), stitched. Some creasing (primarily to front wrapper), light to moderate foxing, faint water-staining at upper right blank margin (not affecting text), overall a very good copy, very desirable in wrappers. Preserved in a tan cloth case. The Jennie Crocker Henderson-Howell copy. Laid in is a newspaper clipping from 1910 and a printed catalogue card with pencil note (in Eberstadt’s hand?): “Lost last copy to Dr. Rosenbach @95.” The catalogue card includes the comment: “But one other copy (badly frayed) has appeared at auction in many years.” Contemporary ink ownership signature of John Chum on upper wrapper. Extremely rare.
Second edition, revised and enlarged. Anderson Galleries 1686:218. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 181. Haferkorn, p. 52. Howes S602. Sabin 82742 (reporting only the Library of Congress copy). Tutorow 3500.
“This important relation is one of the almost unknown books dealing with the Mexican War. The author was an active participant in the campaigns and his narrative contains interesting particulars of out-of-the-way forays and adventures not elsewhere revealed. Among the important chapters are those dealing with Col. Doniphan and his Overland March; Col. Price’s New Mexican Campaign; the Battle of San Francisco; Battle of Sacramento; the Battle and Conquest of Monterey” (Anderson). The volunteers, although they fought bravely and well for the most part, did not enjoy a favorable reputation in some quarters, particularly among the professional army, for some of their unruly, troublesome behavior. He cites many instances of underserved slights, some of them coming from no less a person than General Scott. Includes some information relating to the Regiment’s encampment in Texas before leaving for Monterrey.
Sold. Hammer: $1,000.00; Price Realized: $1,225.00.