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Pingenot Auction, Lot 129

129. GREGORY, Samuel. Gregory’s History of Mexico: From the Earliest Times to the Present; Giving an Account of the...Texian Revolution...Exhaustless Mines of Gold and Silver; Population, Heterogeneous Races; Religion, Prodigious Wealth of the Churches; State of Society, Mexican Beauties, Etiquette, Amusements, Gaming, Cock-Fights, Bull-Fights.... Boston: Published by F. Gleason at the Flag of our Union Office, 1847. [5] 10-100 pp. (printed in double column), engraved full-page illustration of Great Temple Dedicated to the Sun, Destroyed by Cortez in 1521. 8vo, original beige pictorial wrappers, sewn. Fragile wraps with some wear and light foxing and soiling, interior fine.
        First edition. Eberstadt 110:254. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, pp. 26-27. Written to feed the frenzy for news of Mexico during the Mexican-American War, the account is surprisingly even-handed. Gregory cites as some of his sources Humboldt, Ward, Poinsett, Prescott, Mayer, Niles, Madam Calderon de la Barca, et al. Pingenot: Printed in the summer of 1847, during the time of General Scott’s invasion of Mexico, in order to satisfy public curiosity and demand for information about a country that seemed so far off to most Americans. The Texas material includes the Moses Austin Land Grant, colonization, the campaign of 1835, fall of the Alamo, Goliad affair and the Fanin Massacre, the battle of San Jacinto, defeat and capture of Santa Anna, the Perote prisoners, etc.