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Pingenot Auction, Lot 385

385. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR: Lot 2]. Lot of 26 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good) including:

KENLY, John R. Memoirs of a Maryland Volunteer: War with Mexico in the Years 1846-7-8. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1873. An exceptionally fine, bright copy in original cloth, gilt.
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 514: "A rather full account of the war from a junior officer’s view." Haferkorn, p. 47. Tutorow 3652. Pingenot: Kenly was an officer of Maryland Volunteers under General Taylor, participating in the campaigns from the Texas border to Monterey; later was with Scott’s forces on the march to Mexico City. A well-written and scarce narrative especially in such nice collector’s condition. A 42-page appendix lists the officers of his regiment and includes a copy of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

LADD, Horatio O. History of the War with Mexico. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, [1883]. Double-page frontispiece. Original pebble cloth, gilt. Pages toned brown due to aging, else a fine, bright copy.
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 362. Haferkorn, p. 15. Tutorow 3221: "A fair, well-balanced treatment of the war which does not focus on military movements."

LIVERMORE, Abiel Abbot. The War with Mexico Reviewed. Boston: Wm. Crosby and H. P. Nichols, 1850. xii, 298 pp. Last page misnumbered 310. Original embossed cloth, gilt title on spine. Light upper spinal rubbing, and occasional foxing. Very good to fine. Presentation inscribed "Rev. E. W. Humphreys/ with the kind regards/ of the author."
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 44: "...argues the South’s desire to acquire new slave territory." Haferkorn, p. 15: "Describes the expenditures, inhumanities, vices of camps, military executions, and all the horrors of war." Palau 139114. Tutorow 3223. Pingenot: The author was a Unitarian clergyman, an abolitionist, and a pacifist, and while his writing exhibited sound historical research, his objectivity was occasionally questioned. One of the most important anti-war accounts with much on Texas.

MANSFIELD, Edward D. Life and Services of General Winfield Scott. New York: A. S. Barnes & Company, 1852. Frontispiece, map, illustrations Original blind embossed cloth; spine gilt. Minimal wear. Fine.
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 701. Tutorow 3896: "Chapters 22 and 23, pp. 359-410, deal with the Mexican War."

MANSFIELD, Edward D. The Life and Military Services of Lieut.-General Winfield Scott.... New York: N. C. Miller, 1861. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations, maps. Original blind-stamped cloth, gilt title on spine. Some edge wear and rubbing.
         Tutorow 3895. Pingenot: This edition includes Scott’s "Brilliant achievements in the War of 1812, in the Mexican War, and the Pending War for the Union."

MANSFIELD, Edward D. The Life of General Winfield Scott. New York: A. S. Barnes & Company, 1846. Frontispiece portrait, maps, illustrations. Original blind-stamped cloth, gilt pictorial spine. Some edge wear and rubbing, else very good.
         First edition. Haferkorn, p. 61. Pingenot: First issue with the page numbered 155* and full-page illustration not numbered between pp. 155 and 156. Biography of Scott’s life and military career through the year 1845.

MANSFIELD, Edward D. The Mexican War: A History of Its Origin, and a Detailed Account of the Victories.... New York: A. S. Barnes & Co, 1849. Frontispiece, illustrations, maps. Original cloth with bright gilt pictorial spine. Although evenly worn, still a good copy.
         10th printing. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 701. Haferkorn, p. 15. Tutorow 3225: "Argues that the annexation of Texas was the cause of the Mexican War. Perhaps the most useful materials in this volume are the various tables showing the number of regulars employed in the Mexican War, the volunteers employed in Mexico, volunteers furnished by each state, total strength of the army, total losses of the army, the number of killed and wounded in each major engagement of the war, and a list of officers killed or who died of wounds."

MANSFIELD, Edward D. The Mexican War; History of its Origin.... New York: A. S. Barnes & Company, 1848. Ads, frontispiece, maps, illustrations. Contemporary calf, leather label, with some splitting and foxing.
         First edition.

McCLELLAN, George B. The Mexican War Diary of George B. McClellan. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1917. iv [1] 97 pp., frontispiece, illustrations, map. Original cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine. Very good.
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 516. Tutorow 3591: "As a brevet second lieutenant, McClellan served in Company A, Engineers, in Taylor’s army. This...diary covers the period from his departure from West Point in 1846 through the battle of Cerro Gordo in April, 1847. Contains many observations on the conduct and conditions of volunteer troops."

MUSICK, John R. Humbled Pride: The Age of Aggression Abroad. New York: William H. Wise & Company, 1909. Illustrations by Freeland Carter. Rebound in simulated leather, gilt title on spine. Fine.
         Wright III, 3921. Pingenot: A novel originally published in 1893 by an author who viewed the annexation of Texas and the U.S. war with Mexico as a plot to extend the slave-holding states. The story of John, a runaway slave, upon which the novel is based, was narrated to the author by a former resident of Boone County, Kentucky.

[ORDONEZ, Juan]. Refutación al Cuaderno Titulado: "Rapida Ojeada Sobre La Campaña que Hizo el Sr. General Santa Anna en el Estado de Coah...." Por J. O. [with] Segunda Parte de la Refutación a la Rapida Ojeada. Mexico: 1847. Two pamphlets, both sewn with the original printed wrappers present on the second pamphlet only. Very good.
         First editions. Alessio Robles, Coahuila y Texas...1821-1848, II, p. 369n cites this work in his discussion of "Rapida Ojeada." Not in Connor & Faulk, North America Divided, Haferkorn, Howes, or Tutorow. Palau 203639, locating only the first part but not the second. Pingenot: These two pro-Santa Anna monographs, seldom offered together, were written in response to the strong criticism leveled against Santa Anna’s conduct of field operations at the battle of Buena Vista. In the first, Ordonez completely exonerates Santa Anna from the charges presented in the famous "Rapida Ojeada" and blames his defeat on the intrigues of his political enemies in the rear. In the second work Ordonez admits that some of the criticism was justified. Very rare.

OWEN, Charles H. The Justice of the Mexican War. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1908. Original cloth, gilt lettering on spine. Very good to fine.
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 370. Pingenot: A review of the causes and results of the war, with a view to distinguishing evidence from opinion and inference.

PARKER, William Harwar. Recollections of a Naval Officer, 1841-1865. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1883. Original dark blue cloth, decorated title on cover and gilt spine. Some chipping to fragile leaves, overall a good to very good copy.
         First edition. Haferkorn, p. 73. Howes P92. Tutorow 3665. Pingenot: Chapters 4-10 present a vivid picture of naval life in the Mexican War period. Parker, then a midshipman, served in the squadrons of Conner and Perry on the East Coast, and took part in all major operations. He was present at the capture of Vera Cruz. His account is interesting and accurate.

SCRIBNER, Benjamin F. Camp Life of a Volunteer. A Campaign in Mexico, or a Glimpse at Life in Camp. By "One who has seen the Elephant." Austin: Jenkins Publishing Company, 1975. Ads, folding map: Battle of Buena Vista, 24.5 x 38.5 cm. Cloth.
         Reprint edition. Haferkorn, p. 51. Howes S246. Tutorow 3679: "Scribner was a private in the 2nd Regiment of Indiana Volunteers. His account begins July 11, 1846, and ends on July 3, 1847." Pingenot: Facsimile reprint of a rare work on the Mexican War, especially its coverage of the Battle of Buena Vista in which the author was a participant.

SEMMES, Raphael. The Campaign of General Scott in the Valley of Mexico. Cincinnati: Moore & Anderson Publishers, 1852. Frontispiece folding map. Original blind stamped cloth with gilt pictorial spine. Moderate wear and staining to covers with occasional foxing to text. Overall good to very good.
         Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 232. Haferkorn, p. 74. Howes S288. Raines, p. 185: "Semmes was on Gen. Worth’s staff from Jalapa to the City of Mexico. A critical history of Scott’s campaign." Tutorow 3392. Pingenot: An abridgement of the author’s Service Afloat and Ashore..., published the preceding year. Semmes served aboard a ship in the Home Squadron during the Mexican War, but was ashore for six months on a mission to exchange prisoners, and as a member of the staffs of Generals Worth and Scott. A very scarce to rare book.

SMITH, Captain E. Kirby. To Mexico with Scott: Letters of Captain E. Kirby Smith to His Wife. Edited by his daughter Emma Jerome Blackwood. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1917. Frontispiece portrait. Original dark blue gilt-lettered cloth. Some wear. Signature of historian Edward S. Wallace and date "Sept. 1933" on front free endpaper.
         First edition. Tutorow 4049. Pingenot: Smith served with Zachary Taylor from September, 1845, until he transferred to Scott’s command where he participated in all the operations from the landing at Vera Cruz to the battle of Churubusco under the walls of Mexico. Smith’s letters are filled with cogent observations and illuminating glimpses of state policies of both Mexico and the "organized disorganization of his own country." Kirby Smith was fatally wounded on September 8, 1847 at the battle of Molina del Rey.

SUMPTER, Arthur. The Lives of Gen. Taylor and Gen. Scott: To Which Is Appended an Outline History of Mexico...and a Brief History of the Mexican War.... New York: Ensign & Thayer, 1848. Illustrations. Original decorated wrappers.
         First edition.

TAYLOR, Zachary. Letters of Zachary Taylor from the Battle-Fields of the Mexican War, Reprinted from the Originals of William K. Bixby.... Rochester: [The Genesee Press], 1908. Portraits, illustrations, facsimiles. Large 4to, cloth-backed boards with paper labels. Minor rubbing and staining to paper labels, else very good to fine copy.
         First edition, limited edition (300 signed and numbered copies for private distribution only). Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 738: "Most of the letters are addressed to Taylor’s son-in-law, Dr. R. C. Wood. In the appendix is a lengthy letter to Buchanan on the matter of his mistreatment by the War Department." Haferkorn, p. 67. Howes T78. Tutorow 4054.

[TAYLOR, ZACHARY]. A Review of the Life, Character and Political Opinions of Zachary Taylor. Boston: Eastburn’s Press, 1848. 16 pp., illustration on upper wrap. 8vo, integral wrappers. Stab holes where removed from bound volume. Fine.
         Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 244

[TAYLOR, ZACHARY]. A Sketch of the Life and Character of Gen. Taylor...Together with a Concise History of the Mexican War; Including the Last Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 22...Official Return of Killed and Wounded...Remarkable Bravery and Humanity of an American Woman Connected with the Army...By the One-Legged Sergeant. Boston: John B. Hall, 1847. Woodcut illustrations. Original green printed pictorial wrappers. Fine copy.
         First edition. See Handbook of Texas III:96-7. Howes T80. Tutorow 3729. Winegarten, p. 105. Pingenot: Contains much of Texas interest including the Texas Rangers and "the Heroine of Fort Brown." The latter reference is to Sarah Borginnis, a 6’ 2" laundress, who became known as "The Great Western." This Amazon of a woman, highly esteemed by both officers and men, was noted for her outstanding feats of strength and bravery in several battles of the war. This book is one of the few contemporary sources on this remarkable woman (Sloan).

[TAYLOR, ZACHARY]. A Sketch of the Life and Character of Gen. Taylor...Together with a Concise History of the Mexican War; Including the Last. New York: S. French, 1847. Woodcut illustrations. Original cream printed pictorial wrappers. Fine.

UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT. (James K. Polk). Message from the President of the United States, Communicating...Negotiation Between the American and Mexican Commissioners...February 2, 1848. Washington: S.E.D. No. 20, 1848. 22 pp.

UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (James K. Polk). Message of the President of the United States, Relative to the Operations and Recent Engagements on the Mexican Frontier. June 12, 1846. [Washington], 1846. 37 pp.
         Not in Haferkorn. First reports giving a detailed account of the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de Palma.

UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT. (James K. Polk). Messages of the President of the United States...on the Subject of the Mexican War. Washington: Wendell & Van Benthuysen, 1848. 1, 277 [7] pp. Original marbled boards with new leather spine. Fine.
         Haferkorn, p. 29. H.E.D. 60. Serial 520. Pingenot: This is a compilation of all correspondence relating to the Mexican War, including President Polk’s message relative to an invasion and commencement of hostilities by Mexico, letters and dispatches of the Secretary of the Navy, Commodore Sloat, Connor, Biddle, and Stockton, correspondence with General Taylor, etc.

UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (James K. Polk). The Mexican War, and Its Expenses.—The Public Debt, and Its Payment.—The Army and Its Disbandment.—The Territory Acquired, and Its Value [caption title]. N.p.: Published Under the Authority of the Committee, n.d. 6 [2] pp. Foxed, creased where formerly folded.
         "The whig party, in its desperate efforts to elect General Taylor, does not hesitate to publish, in various forms, articles destitute of truth and responsibility. To counteract such statements, we propose to call attention to the messages of President Polk dated July 6th and 24th. They are reliable, dignified, and able State papers."

[WALLACE, LEW]. A Hoosier in the Mexican War. Prepared by the Staff of the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County. 1953. Wrappers.
         Not in Tutorow.

The Whig Almanac and United States Register. 1847, 1848, & 1849. New York: Greeley & McElrath, [1846-48]. 3 vols. Wrappers.
         Includes reports on the War with Mexico.

WILCOX, Cadmus M. History of the Mexican War....Edited by his Wife Mary Rachel Wilcox. Washington: Church News Publishing Company, 1892. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations, maps. Original gilt pictorial pebble cloth, gilt title on spine. Spine faded with very slight rubbing, top and bottom. Very good copy.
         First edition. Haferkorn, p. 30. Howes W409. Tutorow 3247. Pingenot: An intensive study of the military operations of the war, written by a 2nd lieutenant. A portion of the description is from personal observation. Appendices include the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, a roster of regular army, volunteer, and naval officers serving in Mexico, and the names of the original members of the Aztec Club.

WISE, Henry A. Los Gringos; or, an Inside View of Mexico and California, with Wanderings in Peru, Chili, and Polynesia. New York: Baker & Scribner, 1849. Original embossed cloth, title gilt, in sturdy buckram slipcase. Very fine bright copy.
         First edition. Barrett 2649. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 327. Cowan, p. 691: "vigorous and picturesque." Hill, p. 330: "A naval officer in the U.S. Navy, Wise served on board the...Independent during the Mexican War. This book narrates his experiences on an expedition sailing from Boston around Cape Horn, bound for Mexico and California....Wise recorded many details of the actual fighting....With the end of the war, the vessel returned to Boston, stopping at Hawaii, the Marquesas, Tahiti, and then Callao." Howes W593. Tutorow 3690. Pingenot: Lieutenant Wise’s ship was in Mexican and California ports during the Mexican War where he witnessed some incidents of the war and participated in the blockade of Mazatlán. The author first went to California in 1846 and stayed for some time at San Francisco, Monterey, and San Jose.

WRIGHT, Marcus J. Great Commanders: General Scott. New York: D. Appleton & Company, [1893]. Portraits, maps. Original cloth, paper label. Hinges broken, much worn and soiled.
         Limited edition, "Large Paper Edition" (#219 of 1,000 copies). Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 703. Haferkorn, p. 62. Tutorow 4016: "Most of the book is on the Mexican War." Pingenot: First published in New York in 1847, this special edition was issued as part of the Great Commanders series. The author, as a young soldier following his chief in the greatest of his military enterprises, the invasion of Mexico, was a devoted subordinate on terms of personal intimacy with Scott.

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