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Pingenot Auction, Lot 197

FIRST ACCURATE MAPS OF THE RED RIVER COUNTRY

197. MARCY, Randolph B. Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana in the Year 1852.... Washington: Beverley Tucker, SED, 1854. [16] 310 pp., 65 lithographed plates (a few with tinted grounds, geological folding plate). 8vo, original blind-stamped brown cloth. With the separately issued map folder (8vo, original brown blind-stamped cloth), containing 2 lithographed maps: (1) Map of the Country Between the Frontiers of Arkansas and New Mexico.... (69.2 x 149.3 cm; 27-3/8 x 59 inches), and (2) Map of the Country upon Upper Red-River Explored in 1852.... (41.2 x 86 cm; 16-3/8 x 33-7/8 inches). A fine, bright set (maps with some splits, but no losses and mild browning and staining).
         Second edition, second issue (first printing was the Senate issue, SED54, in 1853, followed by this unnumbered Senate issue). Basic Texas Books 135A: "Written by one of the greatest nineteenth-century explorers, this is one of the most interesting accounts of an original exploration of unknown parts of Texas." Clark, Old South III:354. Field 1066. Howes M276. Meisel III, p. 144. Pilling 2471n. Plains & Rockies IV:226:2. Rader 2346n. Raines, p. 146. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 791-92 & pp. 15-16: "Marcy’s map is...one of the best of the period....No southern emigrant could afford to be without (it)." Holman and Tyler, in their forthcoming book on nineteenth-century lithographs of Texas, state that Marcy’s report provides "the first lithographic documentation of the Palo Duro Canyon." About 30 of the lithographs are of Texas subjects.
         Pingenot: One of the best nineteenth-century accounts of exploration of Texas, containing Marcy’s official report of his expedition to the headwaters of the Red and Canadian Rivers in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Marcy’s report gives the first accurate description of the region, and is important for its observations of the Indian tribes he encountered.

(2 vols.)
($400-800)