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Pingenot Auction, Lot 386

386. [MEXICAN AMERICAN WAR: lot 3]. Lot of 18 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

BAUER, K. Jack. The Mexican War 1846-1848. New York: Macmillan, [1974]. Numerous plates, 15 maps. Cloth. Very fine in a fine d.j.
         First edition. Tutorow 3197: "The Mexican War was the most unavoidable war ever fought by the U.S. It had its inception in the lure of the frontier, the challenge of the United States to force its borders westward [but] the immediate causes were Texas annexation and its subsequent boundary dispute." Pingenot: The author focuses on the political and diplomatic aspects of the war, but much of the account deals with day-to-day fighting on the battlefield.

BAUER, K. Jack. Surfboats and Horse Marines: U.S. Naval Operations in the Mexican War, 1846-48. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1969. Portraits, illustrations, maps. 4to, cloth. Near mint in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: The history of the Navy’s role in the Mexican War, including the landing at Vera Cruz. The work discusses the campaigns in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific separately.

BILL, Alfred Hoyt. Rehearsal for Conflict: The War with Mexico, 1846-1848. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947. Illustrations, maps. Cloth. Near mint copy in a very fine d.j. Choice collector’s copy.
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 3. Tutorow 3198: "Stresses Mexican War training of future Civil War generals." Pingenot: One of the Mexican War centennial histories.

BISHOP, Farnham. Our First War in Mexico. New York: Charles Scriber’s Sons, 1916. Frontispiece, illustrations, maps. Original red cloth, gilt. Bookplate. Spine slightly sunned, else fine.
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 4. Tutorow 3199: "Draws many parallels between the United States and Mexico in 1846 and 1916." Pingenot: Attempts to follow the example of George L. Rives in approaching the Mexican War with "scientific impartiality."

BRACK, Gene M. Mexico Views Manifest Destiny 1821-1846. An Essay on the Origins of the Mexican War. [Albuquerque]: University of New Mexico Press, 1975. D.j.
         First edition.

CHAMBERLAIN, Samuel E. My Confession: The Recollections of a Rogue. New York: Harper & Brothers, [1956]. 55 illustrations by the author, endpaper maps. 4to, original Arizona cowhide, gilt, in d.j. Save for a few tape mends and owner’s name in ink on the half-title, a very good to near fine copy.
         First edition, limited edition (500 copies, #32 of 50 copies bound in Arizona cowhide). Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 73: "It is especially valuable for soldier and camp life." Edwards, Desert Voices, p. 32. Tutorow 3634 (not noting this limited edition). Pingenot: Specially printed by the publisher for subscribers of Arizona Silhouettes. The author, an American soldier and adventurer, records in his own words and pictures his fantastic personal adventures before, during, and after the Mexican War.

CHAMBERLAIN, Samuel. My Confession: Recollections of a Rogue. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, [1996]. Color illustrations, facsimiles. Large 4to, blue cloth. Very fine in d.j.
First edition. Edited by William H. Goetzmann. "An Unexpurgated and Annotated Edition."

CONNELLEY, William Elsey. Doniphan’s Expedition and the Conquest of New Mexico and CaliforniaWar with Mexico, (1846-1847). Topeka: Crane & Company, 1907. xiv [2] 670 [2] pp., frontispiece, two folding maps, plates. Original cloth with illustration inlaid on front cover. Some cover wear but very good to near fine.
         First edition, first printing. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 434. Cowan, p. 139. Dobie, p. 76. Graff 851. Haferkorn, p. 36. Howes C688. Munk (Alliott), p. 54. Saunders 2829. Tutorow 3425: "Contains...official rosters of various units of the Army of the West, including that of the 1st Regiment of Missouri Mounted Volunteers, and several appendices. Valuable and well-documented source-book." Pingenot: One of the best accounts of the Doniphan Expedition, which also contains the diary of John T. Hughes, it was published sixty years after the war and was written with some perspective.

CONNOR, Seymour V. and Odie B. Faulk. North America Divided: The Mexican War, 1846-1848. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971. Endpaper maps. Cloth. Fine in slightly chipped d.j.
First edition. Basic Texas Books B51. Tutorow 3205: "Attempts to get away from the traditional ‘New England’ interpretation of the Mexican War." Pingenot: The first two-thirds of the book are given to the authors’ overview and analysis of the Mexican War. Pp. 185-276 contain an analytical bibliography with more than 700 entries of works printed in English and in Spanish.

DOWNEY, Fairfax. Texas and the War with Mexico. Illustrated with paintings, prints, drawings, maps, and photographs of the period. New York; American Heritage Publishing Company, 1961. D.j.

EISENHOWER, John S. D. So Far from God: The U.S. War with Mexico. New York: Random House, 1989. Illustrations, maps, endpaper maps. Cloth. Mint copy in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Fine treatment of one of the strangest, hardest fought, least known, and most important wars in American history.

FROST, J. History of the Mexican War.... New Haven: H. Mansfield, 1859. Color frontispiece, illustrations, map. Original gilt decorated red cloth.
First edition.

GANOE, William A. The History of the United States Army. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1924. Frontispiece, plates, text illustrations. Original blind-stamp cloth with gilt title on cover and spine. Edge wear and slight rubbing to lower spine, else good to very good.
         First edition.

GOETZMANN, William H. Sam Chamberlain’s Mexican War: The San Jacinto Museum of History Paintings. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1993. 160 color illustrations, maps. Folio, cloth. Mint in d.j. Autographed by the editor on the title-page.
         First edition. Pingenot: Sam Chamberlain was six feet, two inches tall with golden locks and was fifteen years old when he went off to the war with Mexico, 1846-48. Based largely on the collection of 147 watercolors owned by the San Jacinto Museum, the book reproduces these for the first time in color. Maps of the battles of Monterey and Buena Vista are placed with Chamberlain’s painting of those crucial events. Goetzmann’s lively text and detailed captions enhance the visual pleasure and historical importance of Chamberlain’s views of battles, massacres, seductions, and tall tales of the Mexican War. A beautiful book designed by David Holman’s Wind River Press.

HAECKER, Charles M. and Jeffrey G. Mauck On the Prairie of Palo Alto: Historical Archaeology of the U.S.-Mexican War Battlefield. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, [1997]. 58 illustrations, 11 maps. Cloth. Mint in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: In this study the authors use an interdisciplinary approach, coupling the research of a historian with that of a historical archaeologist, to present an accurate version of how the battle developed and concluded.

HAFERKORN, Henry E. The War with Mexico 1846-1848. New York: Argonaut, 1965. Cloth.
         Limited edition. Reprint of 1914 edition.

HAMILTON, Holman. Zachary Taylor: Soldier in the White House. New York: Bobbs Merrill, 1951. Frontispiece portrait, plates. Cloth. Fine in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: The most authoritative account of this career soldier who became the twelfth president of the United States. Allan Nevins called it "a scholarly, judicious and interesting history of three critical years in the history of the nation, and a vigorous and convincing portrait of Zachary Taylor as Presidential candidate and President." Claude G. Bowers described it as "A brilliant and fascinating biography." This work completes the biography begun with Holman’s earlier volume, Zachary Taylor, Soldier of the Republic.

HAMILTON, Holman. Zachary Taylor: Soldier of the Republic. Indianapolis: Bobbs Merrill, [1941]. Illustrations. Original cloth. Fine in pictorial d.j.
         First edition, limited edition (250 numbered copies signed by the author). Tutorow 3829: "One of the best biographies of Taylor." Pingenot: Contains substantial information on Taylor’s time in Corpus Christi, his march south to the Rio Grande, the battles of Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, and Fort Brown; his thrust into Mexico and victories at Monterrey and Buena Vista. A fine work, praised by Nevins and Schesinger, covering Taylor’s life up to and through the Mexican War. This work is very scarce.

(18 vols.)