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133. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR].  PRESTON, William. Journal in Mexico, by William Preston of the Fourth Kentucky Regiment of Volunteers, Dating from November 1, 1847 to May 25, 1848. N.p. [Paris]:  Privately printed [designed by Jack Kahane and printed by Lecram-Servant, Master Printer], n.d. [1929 or after].  [6], 40, [2] pp., plus inserted leaf at front with caption title:  Note on the Career of William Preston. 4to, original pale green printed wrappers bound in contemporary smooth black leather, upper cover with tan and red on-lays with gilt lettering and border (illustrating scroll with wax seal), spine gilt lettered, mottled endpapers, gilt-ruled inner dentelles, t.e.g. (signed binding by A. Verley).  Binding moderately chipped and scuffed, hinges open but holding, some staining on front free endpaper, text fine.  Accompanied by a typescript of the book, [4], 41 pp.  4to, contemporary maroon sheep with gilt lettering and blind-embossed map of Mexico and the Southwestern United States, mottled endpapers, inner dentelles, t.e.g. (signed binding by Marcelle Simon).  Joints rubbed and binding slightly worn, front hinge starting (but holding), interior fine.

     First edition.  Garrett & Goodwin, The Mexican-American War, p. 243.  Howes P579:  “Small edition.”  Tutorow 3619.  Kentuckian Preston (1816-1887) had a long and distinguished career, including service with the 4th Kentucky Volunteers, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He served in several diplomatic capacities, including U.S. Minister to Spain and the Confederacy’s representative to Mexico City during Maximilian’s reign.  He had the novel idea at one time of purchasing Cuba to create another slave state.  During the Mexican-American War he actually saw no combat because he was assigned to logistics units, but these recollections embody his experiences and reports of that war, and those of others.  He is referred to as “Kentucky’s Last Cavalier.” 

     This unusual work was published in Paris by a noted publisher in an unstated, but undoubtedly small printing.  Jack Kahane, noted Paris publisher, began printing in 1929 and claimed that his books, “would exist for those...writers, English and American, who had something to say that they could not conveniently say in their own countries” (Published in Paris, p. 353).  Kahane is probably best known for published works of James Joyce.

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