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AUCTION 24

Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma

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[TEXAS]. Campaña contra los Americanos del norte. Primera parte. Relacion histórica de los cuarenta dias que mandó en gefe el ejérecito del norte el E. Sr. general de Division Don Mariano Arista escrita por un oficial de infanteria. Linares Junio de 1846. Mexico City: Imprenta de Ignacio Cumplido, 1846. [1-3] 4-37 [1, blank], [10] pp., 2 lithograph folding maps: [1] Croquis de la batalla dada en Palo Alto el 8 de Mayo de 1846 [at lower right, below neat line]: Litog. De Cumplido; with contemporary hand coloring; [2] Campamento de las tropas mexicanas en la Resaca de Guerrero de día 9 de Mayo de 1846; 5 tables (included in pagination). 8vo (22.3 x 15 cm), modern tan Mexican sheep gilt. Very fine.

First edition. Conner & Faulk 509. Eberstadt 109:125: “This is one of the few ‘eye-witness’ accounts of these two famous Texas victories.” Garrett & Goodwin, p. 139. Howes C83: “Criticizes Arista and other commanders for military ineptitude along with the Rio Grande and at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma.” Kurutz & Mathes, pp. 28-30 “A detailed explanation of the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de Guerrero (La Palma) and the disastrous retreat to Linares by Division General Mariano Arista published as a result of his being called before a council of war to explain his actions.” Raines, p. 12: “A weak attempt to vindicate his [Arista’s] conduct and to frame excuses for his defeats while commanding the Army of the North on the Rio Grande, and particularly in the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma in Texas.” Sabin 10195. Streeter Sale 242.

Important work on the early battles, including Palo Alto and Resaca de Palma, with important maps.

Interestingly, among the excuses he gives for the Mexican defeat at Palo Alto, is the deficiency of the army’s artillery, something that could hardly be blamed on the commander: “Nuestra artillería de este flanco era un estorbo en lugar de auxilio, pues sus balas no recorrian la mitad del espacio que nos separaba del enemigo, cuando las de éste cruzando nuestras filas, alcanzaban al parquet, que estaba à 800 varas à retaguardia, y aun al hospital, que se hallaban en un bosquesillo à 1,500 varas de nuestra izquierda, y en donde le llevaron el brazo derecho à un herido à quien le estaban amputando el izquierdo” (p. 11). Without knowing it, the author is describing an encounter with American flying artillery.

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