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Pingenot Auction, Lot 7

7. [BALLENTINE, George]. Autobiography of an English Soldier in the United States Army. Comprising Observations and Adventures in the States and Mexico. New York: Stringer & Townsend, 1853. xii [9]-288 pp., engraved frontispiece and half title (on tinted grounds). 12mo, original green embossed cloth, gilt pictorial spine. Slightly shelf slanted, light wear to spinal extremities and corners, upper hinge weak. Contemporary and later ownership inscriptions.
        First American edition. Clark, Old South III:125: "A plainspoken account....Before being ordered to Mexico, his company was stationed in Florida—at Pensacola Bay during October, 1845, and from then until the end of the following year, at Tampa." Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 447. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 191. Haferkorn, p. 41. Howes B77. Tutorow 3692; 3625n: "Narrative of Scott’s campaign from the standpoint of an intelligent private soldier." Includes an account of Walker’s Texas Rangers.