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Pingenot Auction, Lot 274

274. RODENBOUGH, Theo[philus] F[rancis]. From Everglade to Cañon with the Second Dragoons (Second United States Cavalry): An Authentic Account of Service in Florida, Mexico, Virginia, and the Indian Country, Including the Personal Recollections of Prominent Officers....1836-1875. New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1875. 561 [1] [4] pp., 6 chromolithographic plates by noted Civil War artist Edwin Forbes (including frontispiece), engraved black-and-white plates and text illustrations, 2 folding maps: (1) Battle Fields Marches & Principal Stations of the Second Regiment of Dragoons (Second Cavalry) in the United States & Mexico; (2) Map of Portions of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania....1836-75. Thick royal 8vo, original gilt pictorial terracotta cloth, bevelled edges. Binding neatly mended at extremities and along spine; mild to moderate staining to binding. Contemporary ink ownership signature of Lucien Howe on front endpaper, later ink ownership stamp of Dr. Lucien Howe on title-page (Dr. Howe [1848-1928] was a noted ophthalmologist whose ancestor, Col. Maxwell S. Howe, is mentioned throughout the book). Very good copy, internally fine. Preserved in a terracotta cloth slipcase.
         First edition. Eberstadt 110: 193: "Included in this work is the day-by-day Journal of Wm. Drownn from 1852 to 1858, embracing a narrative of wild adventures in New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming." Eberstadt, Modern Overlands 412. Flake 7399. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 179-80. Graff 3544. Haferkorn, p. 50. Howes R395. Munk (Alliott), p. 191. Rader 2813. Tutorow 3312: "The war with Mexico is covered on pages 91-146. Appendices (dealing with the war include) the journey from New Orleans to Matamoros, Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, Monterrey, Agua Nueva, Buena Vista, Scott’s operations...California, Texas, New Mexico expedition, and Indian and Mormon campaigns." This work includes the Texas battles. Pingenot: A rare work that because of its size is usually found in broken and dilapidated condition. A long Appendix gives biographical sketches of leading officers and a short account of all battles and skirmishes in which they participated, from 1836 on. A cornerstone book for the history of the Second Dragoons which became the Second U.S. Cavalry.