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Pingenot Auction, Lot 19

19. BERLANDIER, Luis & Rafael Chovel. Diario de viage de la Comisión de Límites que puso el gobierno de la República, baja la dirección del Exmo. Sr. D. Manuel de Mier y Terán. Mexico: Navarro, 1850. 298 [1, index] pp., lithographed frontispiece portrait of Mier y Terán. 8vo, original dark brown Mexican sheep gilt over rose and black mottled boards. Some external wear and rubbing to edges and extremities, bookplate removed, generally very good, with the portrait that was inserted in only a few copies.
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 14: "A few copies are known with a frontispiece...the best scientific study of Texas during the colonial period. Berlandier came to Mexico to collect botanical specimens for a group of Swiss naturalists, and to accompany Gen. Manuel de Mier y Terán on his scientific expedition to Texas in 1828...he was observant, careful, and intelligent, and he left us a record that is unmatched for his era in Texas." Graff 278. Howes B379. Palau 27991. Plains & Rockies IV:178a. Raines, p. 24. Raines calls for two maps. Copies with two maps have not been found and it is doubtful that they were issued. Streeter 781n. Pingenot: Berlandier was part of the commission sent out by the Mexican government in 1827 to explore the boundaries of Texas. He spent nearly three years in the southwestern wilderness, much of the time in Texas, and this is his day-by-day journal and reports, which provide the most detailed description of Texas at the time.