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Pingenot Auction, Lot 16

16. BAYLIES, Francis. A Narrative of Major General Wool’s Campaign in Mexico, in the Years 1846, 1847, and 1848. Albany: Little & Company [title verso: Joel Munsell, Printer], 1851. 78 pp., lithographed frontispiece portrait of Wool. 8vo, original maize printed wrappers. Spine sympathetically reinforced with matching paper. Ink ownership stamp on verso of upper wrapper, light ink-stamped number on one interior page, light circular stain on lower wrapper. Pingenot described the condition as "relatively fine"—the wrappers are quite fresh. Preserved in a half light brown morocco and marbled boards and folding box.
        First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 152. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 138: "Provides the basic information on Wool’s campaign." Haferkorn, p. 41. Howes B262. Tutorow 3380. Pingenot: This is the first book publication of Baylies’ narrative after its appearance the year before in Strykers’ American Register. The author not only consulted contemporary private and official sources for his work on Wool’s campaign, but had the good fortune to interview Wool himself. His work traces the journey of Wool’s army southward from San Antonio, describing the people, towns, geography, flora, and fauna along the way. Although his 900-mile march was without incident, his forces arrived at Saltillo in time to join Taylor in one of the major battles of the war, the Battle of Buena Vista.