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321. WISLIZENUS, Frederick A. Memoir of a Tour
to Northern Mexico, Connected with Col. Doniphans
Expedition, in 1846 and 1847. Washington: SMD 26, 1848.
141 pp., 3 folding lithographed profiles and maps: (1)
Profile of Elevations above the Level of the Sea
(38.1 x 56.3 cm; 15 x 22-1/4 inches); (2) Geological
Sketch [of Texas] (30.5 x 27.4 cm; 12-1/4 x 10-3/4
inches); (3) Map of a tour from Independence to Santa
Fé, Chihuahua, Monterey and Matamoros by A.
Wislizenus.... (49.5 x 40.5 cm; 19.6 x 15-7/8
inches). 8vo, later black cloth over marbled boards,
red morocco spine label. Occasional minor foxing, but
First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 444. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 160. Graff 4723. Haferkorn, p. 37. Howes W597. Plains & Rockies IV:159:1. Rader 3715. Raines, p. 222. Rittenhouse 656. Tutorow 1761: "The original printing of an indispensable source for anyone researching the Mexican War." Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, III, pp. 53-54: "The first map (the journey map) of considerable value...a number of routes to New Mexico and across Texas are shown, and Doniphans campaign is carefully followed from Independence, through New and Old Mexico to the camp of June 2nd, 1847...near the mouth of the Rio Grande."
Pingenot: Wislizenus started on a privately financed trip over the Santa Fe Trail in 1846, unaware that the war with Mexico had been declared. He joined the caravan of gun-runner Albert Speyer, which was soon overtaken by Doniphans troops, and went to Chihuahua.