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A Literally Enormous History of the War

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Brother Jonathan Great Pictorial Battle Sheet: An Illustrated History of the Victories and Conquests of the American Army in Mexico. New York: Wilson & Co, [1847]. [Below title] Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1847, by Wilson & Company, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York. [1] 2-8 pp., 30 woodcut illustrations. Folio in nine columns (81 x 56 cm). Creased where formerly folded, a few small voids at fold lines and where slightly wormed, left margin slightly chipped, small tears, pp. [1]-2 lightly water-stained with a few other stains, scattered foxing and other chipping. An amazing survival in any condition for something so large. Rare. Only three copies known.

First edition. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 512.

At the time the newspaper Brother Jonathan was physically the largest newspaper in the country and specialized in large woodcuts, as here. A huge cut of Taylor takes up almost all the first page. Covers events through the Battle of Contreras. The woodcuts generally illustrate important persons and battle scenes. One of the more celebratory, jingoistic U.S. publications of the entire war.


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