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Pingenot Auction, Lot 143


143. HUGHES, G. W. Report of the Secretary of War, Communicating...Operations of the Army of the United States in Texas and the Adjacent Mexican States on the Rio Grande... [half-title]: Memoir Descriptive of the March of a Division of the United States Army, under the Command of Brigadier General John E. Wool, from San Antonio de Bexar, in Texas, to Saltillo, in Mexico...1846. Washington: SED32, 1850. 67 pp., 8 lithographs after watercolors by Edward Everett (Mission San José, Mission Concepción, San Antonio, 3 views of the Alamo, Monclova Tower, Monclova Church), 2 large folding maps: (1) Map Showing the Route of the Arkansas Regiment from Shreveport La. to San Antonio de Bexar, Texas. (30.1 x 43.8 cm; 11-7/8 x 17-3/8 inches); (2) Map Showing the Line of March of the Center Division, Army of Mexico, under the Command of Brigr. Genl. John E. Wool, from San Antonio de Bexar, Texas, to Saltillo, Mexico...1846 (46.1 x 48.2 cm; 18 x 19 inches). 8vo, new half tan smooth calf over tan, terracotta and grey marbled boards. Occasional very mild foxing, overall very fine.
        First edition (often this report is described by dealers as a limited edition of 250 copies, but in reality, the statement on the document is that 250 additional copies were printed for the use of the Topographical Bureau). Holman & Tyler, Texas Lithographs 1818-1900: "The lithograph of the Alamo façade made after Everett’s watercolor was not the first published picture of the famous structure, but it was the first to be lithographed from an eyewitness drawing....The Everett watercolors, and lithographs made from them, are a substantial document of the missions at a time of considerable neglect." Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 296. Howes H767. Raines, p. 121. Tutorow 1634. Artist Edward Everett (1818-1903) was born in London, and came to the U.S. in 1840. He served in the Mormon War and the Mexican-American War. "His landscape sketches resemble those produced by the Hudson River School artists. Despite definite artistic ability, Everett identified himself as a ‘mechanical engineer’" (The Handbook of Texas Online: Edward Everett).