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Pingenot Auction, Lot 177


177. McSHERRY, Richard. El Puchero: Or, A Mixed Dish from Mexico, Embracing General Scott’s Campaign, With Sketches of Military Life in Field and Camp, of Character of the Country, Manners and Ways of the People, Etc.... Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1850. [4] 247 [1] 24 (ads) pp., 10 engraved plates, folding engraved map (Battles of Mexico, Survey of the Line of Operations of the U.S. Army under the Command of Major General Winfield Scott...Made by Major Turnbull, Captain McClellan and Lieut. Hardcastle.... (23.2 x 16.0 cm; 9-1/8 x 6-3/8 inches). 8vo, original blind-stamped plum cloth, gilt decorated spine. A few light stains and nicks to binding, plates and a few ad leaves browned. Contemporary presentation inscription in pencil to "Eds. Sun, with compliments of John Murphy & Co." Rare.
        First edition. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 162. Haferkorn, p. 48: "Dr. McSherry served as a surgeon with the regiment of marines that formed part of Gen. Scott’s force from Vera Cruz to Mexico." Moran, p. 66: "A Naval surgeon’s account of the March of Watson’s Marine Battalion from Vera Cruz to Mexico City." Tutorow 3658: "A series of letters to David Holmes Conrad written while the author was serving as a surgeon with the U.S. Marine Corps. Many descriptions and observations of McSherry’s experiences...[with] accounts of the siege of Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo....The book contains a list of officers...who were engaged in the battles in the valley of Mexico."