UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (Polk). Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress at the Commencement of the Second Session of the Thirtieth Congress. December 5, 1848. Washington: Printed by Wendell and Van Benthuysen, 1848. [1-3] 4-1,004; [1-2] 3-271 [1, blank] pp., 7 folding tables (maps lacking, as is sometimes the case). 8vo (23 x 15 cm), contemporary three-quarter sheep over mottled boards, spine label gilt lettered. Spine reinforced at early date & slightly chipped at ends, corners bumped, upper joint split, boards slightly rubbed. With contemporary morocco spine label of D. Gott and erased pencil signature on title page. Interior very good.
First edition (United States 30th Congress, 2nd Session. House Executive Document 1). Cowan II, p. 426 (calling for 4 maps). Howes P446. Kurutz 105 (listing 6 maps): “Includes the official announcement of the discovery of gold. This volume also contains Colonel Richard B. Mason’s famous report of his trip to newly discovered placers. It ranks as one of the most important eyewitness accounts of the Gold Rush.” Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 30.
The message is accompanied by reports from the secretaries of war, state, treasury, navy, and the postmaster general. The Secretary of War’s report contains extensive discussion of the Mexican War. Also included are reports from officers in the field covering operations from the battle of Buena Vista to the capture of Mexico City. The appendix contains materials relating to U.S. naval operations during the war.