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Pingenot Auction, Lot 265

265. REVERE, Joseph W. Keel and Saddle: A Retrospect of Forty Years of Military and Naval Service. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1872. xiii [1] 360 pp. 12mo, original gilt pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Binding slightly rubbed at foot, minor wear at extremities, blind-embossed stamp of a Chicago library on a few inner text leaves, small stain on front free endpaper, modern bookplate on front pastedown. Binding very bright and tight, text fine.
         First edition. Cowan, p. 530. Graff 3473. Haferkorn, p. 73. Hill, p. 552: "This work was published when the author was sixty years old and gives a sketch of his colorful and at times controversial life. Revere had been in the American Navy since 1828, and in 1845, he was aboard the Portsmouth in California with Commodore Sloat’s squadron. It was Revere who first raised the American flag at Sonoma. After the war, he was appointed a U.S. agent in California, and he made several high profitable trading voyages down the Mexican coast, which enabled him to visit and provide a detailed description of San Diego, which he called ‘the queen of the south of California.’In 1851 Revere became a colonel in the Mexican Army and reorganized its artillery. During the Civil War he served as a Union general." Howell 50:765: "A readable narrative dealing with the author’s experiences in various parts of the world, including his reminiscences of California in 1845 with Commodore Sloat’s squadron and life in Marin County in 1859-50. Howes (1954) 8548. Tutorow 3671: "A gossipy memoir of naval and other experiences."
The author’s A Tour of Duty in California (New York & Boston, 1849) is entry 63 in Zamorano Eighty, where Layne comments: "Lieutenant Revere was a graduate of Annapolis and a grandson of Paul Revere. His Tour of Duty is one of the outstanding authorities on the period of the Conquest, and his descriptions of California and the gold regions are among the best....Revere became so enamored of the country that he acquired a rancho near Sonoma and returned to California to live the life of a ranchero."