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Pingenot Auction, Lot 213

213. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]. UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (James K. Polk). Messages of the President of the United States...on the Subject of the Mexican War. [caption title on p. 4: Hostilities by Mexico]. Washington: Wendell & Van Benthuysen, HRED60, 1848. 1,277 pp. 8vo, contemporary three-quarter red morocco over marbled boards. Upper cover detached, binding worn, spine varnished, blind-embossed library stamp on title.
         First edition. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 322-23. Haferkorn, p. 29. This compilation is one of the most significant documents relating to the commencement of the war and the commencement of hostilities. In his message of May 11, 1846, Polk declares to Congress that he is going to bring the war to a speedy conclusion. As might be expected, there is a good deal of discussion on the annexation of Texas and deteriorating relations with Mexico due to that issue. Also present is copious official correspondence relating to the Commanding army of Occupation at Corpus Christi and the Texas battles, as well as material on the conquest of California and New Mexico. These fat government reports filled with details not found elsewhere are extremely valuable for scholars and anyone wishing to learn more about the pivotal Mexican-American War.