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Pingenot Auction, Lot 154


154. JOHNSTON, Joseph E., et al. Reports of the Secretary of War, with Reconnaissances of Routes from San Antonio to El Paso...Also, the Report of Capt. R. B. Marcy’s Route from Fort Smith to Santa Fe; and the Report of Lieut. J. H. Simpson of an Expedition into the Navajo Country; and the Report of Lieutenant W. H. C. Whiting’s Reconnaissances of the Western Frontier of Texas. Washington: SED64, 1850. 250 pp., 2 large folding maps: (1) Reconnoissances of Routes from San Antonio de Bexas to El Paso del Norte.... Philadelphia: P. S. Duval (62.4 x 93.2 cm; 24-5/8 x 36-3/4 inches); (2) Map of the Route Pursued in 1849 by the U.S. Troops Under the Command of Bvt. Lieut. Col. Jno. M. Washington, Governor of New Mexico, in an Expedition Against the Navajos Indians. Philadelphia: P. S. Duval (23.1 x 14.7 cm; 9 x 5-3/4 inches), 72 lithographed plates (many colored or tinted, some folding). 8vo, original black cloth with gilt title on spine. Some page darkening and occasional foxing, otherwise fine.
         First edition. Alliot (Munk), p. 119. Basic Texas Books 111: "A valuable compendium of reports of government exploration that led to the opening of West Texas to travel and settlement." Bennett, American Nineteenth Century Color Plate Books, p. 63. Bradford 2824. Field 1413: "One of the most accurate and complete of all the narratives of exploration of the country of the Zuñi and Pueblo Indians." Graff 2228. Howes J170. Rader 2924. Raines, p. 218. Schwartz and Ehrenberg, The Mapping of America, p. 279: "Among the earliest chromolithographs to appear in a government report." Plains & Rockies IV:184. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 641.