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269. RIPLEY, R. S. The War with Mexico. New
York: Harper & Brothers, 1849.  xiv-xxii  26-524
+  iv-vii  10-650, 14 (ads) pp., 14 maps and plans
lithographed by Sarony & Major major battles (including
the Texas battles: Battle of Palo Alto. May
8th. 1846 and Battle of Resaca de la
Palma. May 9th. 1846), Monterrey, siege of
Veracruz, route from Veracruz to Mexico, Valley of Mexico
(2 views), storming of Chapultepec. 2 vols., 8vo, original
brown blind-stamped cloth. Light shelf wear, occasional
mild foxing to text, endpapers discolored, Vol. 1 text
waterstained. Ownership signature of John S. Jenkins, who
wrote several works on the Mexican-American War.
Interspersed in pencil in the text are Jenkins
asterisks noting material of interest to him. Sprinkled in
occasionally are Jenkins critical remarks, such as
"Not true!" on the Texas Question. Interesting association
First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 23: "The earliest major history of the war and long the only thorough one. It is surprisingly detailed and accurate considering the early date....Ripley does not attempt to affix blame or culpability on either nation....[He] was more interested in the military engagements, but...[does discuss] the effects of both U.S. and Mexican domestic politics on the course of the war." Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 44. Haferkorn, p. 17. Howes R311. Raines, p. 174: "As a military history it has not yet been excelled. Scarce and highly valued." Tutorow 3232. The lithographed maps and plans are excellent, showing troop movements, regiments, and all manner of military detail. Pingenot: Contains much on strategic operations of the war, much of it gathered first-hand.