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“Harmless Food”

<p>Upper wrapper</p>


[BIOGRAPHY]. SUMPTER, Arthur. The Lives of General Zachary Taylor and General Winfield Scott: To Which Is Appended an Outline History of Mexico, Aboriginal, Colonial and Republican; and a Brief History of the Mexican War; Including Events to the Surrender of the City of Mexico, and the Removal of Congress to Morelia. Illustrated by a Map of Mexico and Twelve other Spirited Engravings. New York: H. Phelps & Co., 124 Nassau Street, 1848. [1-9] 10-62, [2] pp., text illustrations and map. 8vo (23 x 14.5 cm), original beige pictorial wrappers printed in blue, stitched. Wrappers chipped, lightly soiled, and with tears (no losses). Except for light scattered foxing, the interior is fine.

First edition. Connor & Faulk 393. Garrett & Goodwin, pp. 50-51. Haferkorn, p. 67. Sabin 93725. Tutorow 3977: “This 64-page pamphlet argues that Mexican hostility to American claims led to the war.”

Enthusiastic biographies of both generals and their actions. The author, who has pacifistic tendencies, states that he does not intend to dwell particularly on scenes and details of carnage because he does not want to raise a war-like spirit in readers: “Our aim is, to supply the eager appetite of our people with harmless food” (p. [7]). One such tidbit is the illustration “Gen. Scott Entering the City of Mexico in Triumph,” which shows the general being met by adoring crowds, which was hardly the case and hardly the picture portrayed on p. 51. The image on p. 23 of de la Vega’s capture is considerably more subdued than what was usually shown.


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