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Pingenot Auction, Lot 102

102. EMORY, William H. Report of the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey by William H. Emory, Major First Cavalry & U.S. Commissioner. Washington: Cornelius Wendell, Printer, 1857. xvi, 258, viii, 174 pp., 2 maps (1 folding): (1) Map of the United States and Their Territories Between the Mississippi and the Pacific Ocean and Part of Mexico.... Washington: Selmar Siebert (50 x 87 cm: 19-5/8 x 34-1/4 inches); (2) untitled map showing magnetic variation, 12 colored lithograph plates, 73 steel engravings on 41 plates, 20 woodcut illustrations (Part 1), and 21 engraved plates (paleontology), 25 engraved and woodcut illustrations (Part 2). Large 4to, original pictorial embossed cloth, gilt title on spine. Minor chipping at spinal extremities and slight shelf wear. Some foxing to only a few of the lithographs. As is often the case, the colored geological map for part 2, which was inserted loosely into the volume at publication, is not present. A beautiful copy of an important book.
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 57: "One of the most significant of all government reports on western and southern Texas." Bennett, American Nineteenth Century Color Plate Books, p. 41. Field 500. Howes E146. Plains & Rockies IV:291. Raines, p. 76. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, IV, pp. 84-91. Pingenot: An exhaustive and important source of information on the natural history of the Southwest from Texas to California, with descriptions of the Indians and the geographical and geological features of the boundary region. Contains numerous maps and beautiful lithograph plates. The technical sections of the work were prepared by distinguished scientists and scholars.
($250-500)