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AUCTION 24

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UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (Polk). Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress, at the Commencement of the First Session of the Thirtieth Congress. December 7, 1847. Washington: Printed by Wendell and Van Benthuysen, 1848. [1-3] 4-1,369 [1, blank], [1-2] 3-249 [1, blank] pp., 4 folded charts, 17 lithographed folding maps, including Mexican-American War battles fought in California and New Mexico. 8vo (23.5 x 15.5 cm), original three-quarter sheep over blue and brown marbled boards. Spine chipped with loss and defective, upper cover detached, binding deteriorating and shellacked. Mild foxing to text, but generally a fine, complete copy (seldom found thus), the maps are excellent. With ink signature of J. N. Swain on front pastedown, front flyleaf, and title page.

Maps

[1] Plan of the Battle of Buena-Vista....

[2] Survey of the Mexican Lines of Defense at Cerro Gordo....

[3] Map of the Valley of Mexico... [by Hardcastle].

[4] Battles of Mexico....

[5] Map of Genl. Worth’s Operations....

[6] Sketch of the Operations... [Battle of Molino del Rey].

[7] Battles of Mexico, Line of Operations of the U.S. Army....

[8] Sketches of Route of General Worth’s Column from Chapultepec to the Alameda....

[9] Plan Accompanying General Quitman’s Report [battle lines colored].

[10] Sketch of the Battle of Sacramento....

[11] Sketch of the Actions Fought at San Pascual in Upper California between the Americans and Mexicans....

[12] Sketch of the Battle of Los Angeles Upper California Fought between the Americans and the Mexicans... [showing about 16 structures].

[13] Sketch of the Passage of the Rio San Gabriel, Upper California, by the Americans, Discomfiting the Opposing Mex. Forces....

[14] Untitled map of the California coast from slightly north of Sutter’s Fort to Cabo San Lucas.

[15] Sketch Accompanying Col. Price’s Despatch of 18 April 1847... [shows road from Santa Fe to Cañada, New Mexico].

[16] Sketch Accompanying Col. Price’s Despatch of 15th. February 1847...[shows region between Joya and Embudo, New Mexico].

[17] Sketch Accompanying Col. Price Despatch [Taos, New Mexico, and environs].

First edition (30th Congress, 1st Session. Senate Executive Document 1). Garrett & Goodwin, p. 321. Haferkorn, pp. 22-23. Plains & Rockies IV:133: “Fitzpatrick’s letter from Bent’s Fort is a valuable recounting of his experiences after leaving Fort Leavenworth for the Arkansas River...he also describes conditions on the Santa Fe Trail.” Graff 1344. Palau 166450. Rittenhouse 207. Tutorow 1684.

A massive storehouse of information covering almost every aspect of the Mexican-American War. This work is among the most substantial and important of all U.S. Government reports on the war, comprising President Polk’s State of the Union message along with Secretary of War William L. Marcy’s compilation of officers’ reports, and correspondence from the battlefields during 1847. Includes extensive primary information on Taylor’s actions at Buena Vista; General Winfield Scott at Veracruz, Cerro Gordo, Contreras, San Antonio, Churubusco, Molino del Rey, and Mexico City; Colonel A. W. Doniphan and other officers’ reports on the Chihuahua Expedition; Colonel Sterling Price and other officers’ reports on New Mexico; and General Stephen W. Kearny’s reports on California. Also includes reports of the Ordinance, Quartermaster, Engineer, Indian agencies, and other War Department bureaus and offices.

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