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Pingenot Auction, Lot 301

301. TAYLOR, Fitch W. The Broad Pennant: or, A Cruise in the United States Flag Ship of the Gulf Squadron, during the Mexican Difficulties; Together with Sketches of the Mexican War.... New York: Leavitt, Trow, & Co., 1848. 415 [1] [16, ads] pp., folding lithographed frontispiece (The United States Squadron Landing its Seamen & Marines, at the Brazos de Santiago, May 8, 1846). 12mo, original blind-stamped red cloth, gilt pictorial spine (rebacked, original spine preserved). Some staining and foxing. Rare, and seldom found with the frontispiece.
         First edition. Eberstadt, Mexican War 857: "One of the few descriptions of the naval operations of the war." Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 170. Haferkorn, p. 74. Tutorow 3366. Not in Howes or Raines (the latter of whom cites Taylor’s article in Harper’s on p. 199, but does not mention the present work). An account of U.S. Navy operations in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Texas, with interesting material on the day-to-day life of the ordinary seaman, written by the Chaplain of the U.S. Flagship Cumberland. The lithographic frontispiece showing the congregation of U.S. Navy vessels on the Texas coast, will be listed in Holman & Tyler’s work on nineteenth-century lithographs of Texas.