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Pingenot Auction, Lot 269

269. RIPLEY, R. S. The War with Mexico. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1849. [3] xiv-xxii [3] 26-524 + [3] iv-vii [2] 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 copy.
         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.