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Pingenot Auction, Lot 211

211. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]. UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (James K. Polk). Message from the the Two Houses of Congress at the Commencement of the First Session of the Thirtieth Congress. Washington: SED1, 1847. 1369 [1] + 249 pp., 5 tables, 16 lithographed folding maps, including California and New Mexico battles: (1) Sketch of the Actions Fought at San Pascal in Upper California between the Americans and Mexicans; (2) Sketch of the Battle of Los Angeles Upper California Fought between the Americans and the Mexicans [showing about 16 structures!]; (3) Sketch of the Passage of the Rio San Gabriel, Upper California, by the Americans, Discomfiting the Opposing Mex. Forces; (4) Untitled map of the California coast from slightly north of Sutter’s Fort to Cabo San Lucas; (5) Sketch Accompanying Col. Price’s Despatch of 18 April 1847 [shows road from Santa Fe to Cañada]; (6) Sketch Accompanying Col. Price’s Despatch of 15th. April 1847 [shows region between Joya and Embudo]; (7) Sketch Accompanying Col. Price Despatch [Taos and environs]. Thick 8vo, contemporary three-quarter brown calf over marbled boards. Occasional mild foxing, a few tape repairs to maps, generally a very good to very fine copy, with ownership inscription of John Hancock of Albany dated 1848.
         First edition. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 321. Haferkorn, pp. 22-23. Plains & Rockies IV:133: "Fitzpatrick’s letter from Bent’s Fort is a valuable recounting of his experiences after leaving Fort Leavenworth for the Arkansas River...he also describes conditions on the Santa Fe Trail." Graff 1344. Rittenhouse 207. Tutorow 1684. Pingenot: A massive storehouse of information covering almost every aspect of the War and is especially valuable for its fine maps of battles in Mexico, California, and New Mexico. This work is among the most substantial and important of all U.S. Government reports on the Mexican War, comprising President Polk’s State of the Union message along with Secretary of War William L. Marcy’s compilation of officers’ reports and correspondence from the battle fields during 1847. Includes extensive primary information on Taylor’s triumph at Buena Vista, General Winfield Scott at Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, Contreras, San Antonio, Churusbusco, Molino del Rey, and Mexico City, Col. A. W. Doniphan and other officers’ reports on the Chihuahua Expedition; Col. Sterling Price and officers’ reports on New Mexico; and General Stephen W. Kearny’s reports on California. Also includes reports of the Ordinance, Quartermaster, and Engineer, Indian agencies, and other War Department bureaus and offices. The folding maps are superb.