[UNITED STATES NAVY]. TAYLOR, Fitch Waterman. The Broad Pennant: or, A Cruise in the United States Flag Ship of the Gulf Squadron, during the Mexican Difficulties; Together with Sketches of the Mexican War, from the Commencement of Hostilities to the Capture of the City of Mexico. New York: Leavitt, Trow, & Co., 191 Broadway, 1848. [1-3] 4-415 [1, blank] pp., folding lithograph frontispiece (The United States Squadron Landing its Seamen & Marines, at the Brazos de Santiago, May 8, 1846). 12mo (18.5 x 12.5 cm), late nineteenth-century three-quarter tan calf over marbled boards, spine gilt with raised bands, edges marbled. Plate and title page lightly foxed, plate wrinkled with old paper repairs on verso (no losses); interior otherwise fine. Modern book plate of Raymond B.F. Black on front pastedown. Seldom found with the frontispiece.
First edition. Eberstadt 857: “One of the few descriptions of the naval operations of the war.” Garrett & Goodwin, p. 170. Haferkorn, p. 74. Tutorow 3366.
An account of U.S. Navy operations in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Texas, with interesting material on the day-to-day life of the ordinary seaman, written by the chaplain of the U.S. Flagship Cumberland. The lithographic frontispiece showing the congregation of U.S. Navy vessels on the Texas coast, will be listed in Tyler’s work on nineteenth-century lithographs of Texas.