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Pingenot Auction, Lot 156


156. KENDALL, George Wilkins. Narrative of the Texan Santa Fé Expedition, Comprising a Description of a Tour Through Texas, and Across the Great Southwestern Prairies, the Camanche and Caygüa Hunting-Grounds, with an Account of the Sufferings from Want of Food, Losses from Hostile Indians, and Final Capture of the Texans, and Their March, as Prisoners, to the City of Mexico.... New York: Harper and Brothers, 1844. [2] xii [13]-405 + xii [11]-406 pp., 5 engraved plates, engraved folding map: KEMBLE, W. Texas and Part of Mexico & the United States.... (40.5 x 28.8 cm; 15-7/8 x 11-1/8 inches). 2 vols., 12mo, original dark brown blind-stamped cloth, gilt-pictorial spines. Spine tips expertly reinforced with matching cloth, occasional foxing, one old repair to map at juncture of book block and map, overall very good to fine, the bindings especially clean and bright. Contemporary newspaper reviews tipped onto front pastedown of Vol. I. Preserved in a dark brown silk moiré slipcase.
        First edition, first issue (1844 at foot of spine) of the best account of the abortive 1841 Republic of Texas expedition to establish jurisdiction over Santa Fe. Basic Texas Books 116: "One of the best campaign narratives ever written." Dobie, p. 56. Graff 2304. Field 818. Fifty Texas Rarities 26. Howes K75. Library of Congress, Texas Centennial Exhibition 122. Martin & Martin 34 (citing the map): "The map, along with the narrative, stimulated renewed interest in Texas and represented another major step toward the inevitable solution to the Texas question later in the decade." Plains & Rockies IV:110:1. Raines, p. 131: "No Texas library complete without it." Rittenhouse 347. Saunders 2998. Streeter 1515. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 2093: "Included...are descriptions of Comanches and their powerful hold over the Texas Panhandle." Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 483.
        Pingenot: One of the great Western travel narratives. The expedition was sent from Austin in 1841 to open trade routes to Santa Fe, which was then claimed by Texas, but was governed by Mexico. The expedition ended in disaster, with the Texans being captured by the Mexicans and forced-marched to Mexico City. The survivors, including Kendall, were imprisoned in Mexico for nearly two years.