NEW YORK CITY. Report of the Joint Committee of the Common Council, Appointed for the Purpose of Making the Necessary Arrangements for the Reception of the First Regiment of New York Volunteers, on their Return from Mexico. Presented by Alderman Smith. New York: McSpedon & Baker, Printers to the Common Council, 25 Pine St., 1849. [1-3] 4-55 [1, blank] pp. 8vo (22 x 14.2 cm), original dark brown blind-stamped ribbed cloth, gilt stamped with cannon and military emblem on upper cover and seal of New York City on lower cover, spine gilt lettered. Spine chipped (losses at extremities), corners bumped, wants front free endpaper. Interior lightly browned, else very good. With modern printed book label of Joseph P. Copley on front pastedown. Rare. Only four copies on OCLC.
First edition, second issue, with pp. 17-24 numbered correctly.
Description of an elaborate day that included a parade, speeches, and medals for the surviving soldiers. One speaker notes that of the total number of enlistees, only about one third survived. The correspondence includes an odd request to the Army from the city that the soldiers not be allowed to muster out until the ceremony was over, which was denied.