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Pingenot Auction, Lot 98


98. EDWARDS, Frank S. A Campaign in New Mexico with Colonel Doniphan...With a Map of the Route, and a Table of the Distances Traversed. London: James S. Hodson, 1848. [2] iv, 134 [2 ads] pp., folding lithographed map: Map Shewing Col. A. W. Doniphan’s Route through the States of New Mexico, Chihuahua and Coahuila (38.2 x 33 cm; 15 x 13 inches). 12mo, original blind-stamped green cloth, gilt title on front cover. Slightly rubbed, upper hinge split (but strong), one short tear to lower blank margin of map. Contemporary engraved armorial bookplate of George Anthony Legh Keck. Light ex-library, with two small ink stamps on front pastedown.
        First English edition (the U.S. edition came out the prior year). Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 432. Eberstadt 137:170: "Contains much important material concerning General Houston and the Western reaches of Texas." Garrett, The Mexican-American War, pp. 146-47. Graff 1211. Haferkorn, p. 44. Howes E52. Munk (Alliott), p. 81. Plains & Rockies IV:132:2: "Wagner believed Edwards’ narrative to be one of the most interesting accounts published about the expedition." Raines, p. 75: "Doniphan’s march from Santa Fe to Chihuahua...[is] one of the most memorable in military history." Rittenhouse 184. Saunders 2874. Tutorow 3516: "Topics... include the author’s enlistment at St. Louis, rendezvous of the army near Bent’s Fort, recreation, Indian houses...the daily lives of soldiers, various people encountered along the way, Bent’s murder, Chihuahua orders from Taylor and Wool." Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 543 & III, p. 9n (citing the map in the U.S. edition, which is slightly reworked in this edition): "[The map] covers the entire route of the Colonel and his command from Independence and Fort Leavenworth to Santa Fe, thence south down the Rio Grande to Paso del Norte (the present Juarez, Mexico), west of the Rio Grande to Chihuahua, and finally to the coast at Brazos Santiago, near the mouth of the Rio Grande. The map is an excellent representation of the region covered." The attractive and important map shows all of Texas on a generous scale. The Cross Timbers are shown as a swath of miniature trees.