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AUCTION 24

Important and Early Alamo Images

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[TEXAS]. HUGHES, George W. Memoir Descriptive of the March of a Division of the United States Army, under the Command of Brigadier General John E. Wool, from San Antonio De Bexar, in Texas, to Saltillo, in Mexico. Comprises the entirety of: Report of the Secretary of War, Communicating...Operations of the Army of the United States in Texas and the Adjacent Mexican States on the Rio Grande.... [Washington, 1850]. [1-4] 5-67 [1, blank] pp., 8 lithographed plates after watercolors by Edward Everett (Mission San José, Mission Concepción, San Antonio, 3 views of the Alamo, Monclova Tower, Monclova Church), 2 folded lithographed maps: [1] Map Showing the Line of the March of the Centre Division, Army of Mexico, under the Command of Brigadier General John E. Wool.... (48.7 x 46.2 cm); [2] Map Showing the Route of the Arkansas Regiment from Shreveport La. To San Antonio de Bexar Texas (29.8 x 43.3 cm). 8vo (23 x 15 cm), modern full navy blue morocco, black gilt-lettered leather spine label. First map with three-inch tear where bound into volume, but otherwise very fine.

First edition (United States 31st Congress, 1st Session. Senate Executive Document 32); often this report is described as a limited edition of 250 copies, but in reality, the statement on the document is that 250 additional copies were printed for the uses of the Topographical Bureau. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 296 & p. 18. Howes H767. Raines, p. 121. Tutorow 1634.

One of the most important Army reports concerning Wool’s march and Texas during the war, and including messages not only by Hughes but also by other figures such as author Josiah Gregg, who was also in the march. Wool organized his column in San Antonio and eventually joined Taylor’s army for the Battle of Buena Vista. A book significant for both its text and illustrations.

Artist Edward Everett (1818-1903) was born in London and came to the U.S. in 1840. He served in the Mormon War and the Mexican-American War. “His landscape sketches resemble those produced by the Hudson River School artists. Despite definite artistic ability, Everett identified himself as a ‘mechanical engineer’” (The Handbook of Texas Online: Edward Everett). Ron Tyler, in his preliminary survey of Texas lithographs, states: “The lithograph of the Alamo façade made after Everett’s watercolor was not the first published picture of the famous structure, but it was the first to be lithographed from an eyewitness drawing.... The Everett watercolors, and lithographs made from them are a substantial document of the missions at the time of considerable neglect.”

($1,000.00-$2,000.00)

Sold. Hammer: $1,000.00; Price Realized: $1,225.00.

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