[TEXAS]. POWELL, C. Frank. Life of Major-General Zachary Taylor; with an Account of His Brilliant Achievements on the Rio Grande, and Elsewhere; Including his Defence of Fort Harrison, and Battle of Okee-cho-bee. With Sketches of the Lives and Heroic Acts of Major Ringgold, Colonel Cross, Major Brown, Captain Montgomery, Captain May, Lieut. Ridgley, Lieut. Blake, Capt. Walker, Lieut. Jordan, Capt. Lord and Others; Also, a List of Names and Officers from New York State Engaged in the Defence of Fort Brown, and in the Actions of the 8th and 9th of May. With Portrait of General Taylor. By C. Frank Powell, Author of “Dhoondiah,” etc. New York: D. Appleton & Company, 200 Broadway; Philadelphia: Geo. S. Appleton, 148 Chesnut Street, MDCCCXLVI. [1-3] 4-96, , 1-33 [5, ads] pp., chalk lithograph frontispiece portrait of Taylor in full military regalia (Gen. Z. Taylor, Entered According to Act of Congress A.D. 1846, by Appleton & Co, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Southn. Dist. Of New York. Lith. Of Sarony & Major, 127 Fulton St. N. York). 8vo (23 x 14.5 cm), original beige printed wrappers, stitched. Wrappers slightly darkened, spine slightly chipped, fore edge lightly foxed, frontispiece with a few spots, but otherwise a very fine copy.
First edition. Conner & Faulk 735. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 243. Howes P522. Sabin 64748. Tutorow 3932.
Issued as part of Appleton’s Library of Popular Reading, No. 4, priced at 25 cents. A wide-ranging work that briefly covers Taylor’s early career and gives biographical sketches of some of his principal officers. Although this includes one of the earliest biographical sketches of Taylor, most of the volume is devoted to an account of the operations of Taylor’s army in Texas and to the Texas battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, with which the narrative ends. The superb lithograph is an example of the early work of Sarony and Major, leading printmakers of the nineteenth century who were associated with Currier & Ives. This is one of the very early works on the war in Texas, obviously hurried to press.