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Pingenot Auction, Lot 14

14. BARTLETT, John R. Personal Narrative of Texas, New Mexico, California...Connected with the Mexican Boundary Commission.... New York: Appleton, 1854. [2] xxii, 506 [6] + [2] xviii, 624 pp., folding map, 16 tinted lithographic plates (2 folding), numerous woodcut plates and woodcuts in text. 2 vols., 8vo, original green cloth, gilt pictorial spines. Occasional foxing and some rubbing but overall a very good set. Small ink stamp of former owner on Vol. 1 title-page.
        First edition. Abbey 658. Basic Texas Books 12. Cowan, p. 36. Graff 298: "An essential book for the Southwest." Hill, p. 18: "First thoroughly scholarly description of the Southwest." Howes B201. Plains & Rockies IV:234:1. Wheat, Gold Regions 252; Mapping the Transmississippi West 798: "Among the most important Western maps...excellent early map showing Gadsden Purchase Boundary." Pingenot: Bartlett arrived at Indianola, Texas, in August, 1850, with 105 scientists, artists, teamsters, and surveyors, escorted by 85 soldiers. His narrative gives a day-by-day account of their movements to San Antonio, Fredericksburg, El Paso, thence to San Diego and back to El Paso, down into Mexico, back up to Ringgold Barracks, and finally to Corpus Christi on New Year’s Day, 1853. Thomas W. Streeter called this work "the first thoroughly scholarly description of the Southwest."