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Pingenot Auction, Lot 144

144. HUGHES, John T. Doniphan’s Expedition; Containing an Account of the Conquest of New Mexico; General Kearney’s Overland Expedition ot California; Doniphan’s Campaign against the Navajos; His Unparalleled March upon Chihuahua and Durango; and the Operations of General Price at Santa Fé: With a Sketch of the Life of Col. Doniphan. Illustrated with Plans of Battle-fields and Fine Engravings. Cincinnati: U. P. James, n.d. [1848]. 144 pp., engraved frontispiece, text illustrations, 3 maps within text: (1) Plan of Santa Fe and Its Environs; (2) Plan of the Battle of Brazito; (3) Plan of the Battle of Sacramento. 8vo, original pale green pictorial wrappers with the spirited engraving Reid’s Charge at Sacramento, sewn (expertly rebacked with matching archival paper). Original price notice (Price Twenty Five Cents) mostly removed at top of wrap, two small chips from blank margins of first two leaves, occasional light foxing. Despite the flaws, this is a very desirable copy, the wrappers and bright and crisp, the text cleaner than usually found. This was an immensely popular book that people really read, and consequently, finding a copy in collector’s condition is difficult. Preserved in a grey cloth folding box with black leather label.
        First edition, "cheap edition" issue, early, mixed state (without the "List of Embellishments" added to the copyright page, without the footnote on p. 25, etc., etc.). The first issue has the date 1847 on the title-page (only a few copies of the first issue are extant). Bennett, American Book Collecting, p. 97. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 434. Cowan, p. 295. Edwards, p. 80. Fifty Texas Rarities 32 (citing the 1847 issue): "The expedition described by Hughes was led by Alexander William Doniphan, a Kentuckian who turned Missouri lawyer and finally became a soldier. ‘This expedition, which ended by land at Matamoros, is still considered one of the most brilliant long marches ever made; the force, with no quartermaster, paymaster, commissary, uniforms, tents, or even military discipline, covered 3,600 miles by land and over 2,000 by water, all in the course of twelve months.’ (S. M. Drumm)." Munk (Alliott), p. 111. Bibliographers long doubted that this book was issued in 1847, although it was copyrighted in that year, until the present copy with the date 1847 on the title-page came onto the market. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 149. Graff 2006. Hill, p. 452. Haferkorn, p. 35. Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators 999a (Maclean) & p. 214 (Tisdale). Howes H769: "Doniphan’s and Kearny’s conquest gave the U.S. its claim to New Mexico and Arizona." Jones 1151. Larned 2002. Plains & Rockies IV:134:6: "Recount[s] the adventures of the First Regiment of Missouri Cavalry in New Mexico and Chihuahua.... Hughes brightly-written account of the regiment proved popular; by 1851 the Jameses reported more than 14,000, and it remained in print for many years thereafter. Despite the quantity, and the many printings, it is now rare and avidly sought." Rittenhouse 311: "A classic work." Saunders 2972. Tutorow 3589.