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[CAPTIVITIES]. DONNAVAN, Corydon. Adventures in Mexico: Experienced during a Captivity of Seven Months in the Interior—Having Been Captured at Camargo, by Canales’ Band of Guerrillas, with Two Other American Citizens—Marched to Valladolid, Beyond the City of Mexico, and Sold into Slavery...With a View of the Present War, and the Ultimate Destiny of the Country. Cincinnati: Robinson & Jones, 1487 [i.e. 1847]. [i-iii] iv-xi [1, blank], [13] 14-112 pp. 8vo (25 x 16 cm), modern brown cloth. Title page repaired, remargined in gutter, and mounted on a stub; a2-3 probably from another copy; margins slightly frayed. Scattered light foxing, lower right blank margin waterstained. With ink signature of Maria Sanders on pp. [13] and 19, and pencil signature of her son Charles P. Sanders twice on p. 19, on pp. 94-95, and on p. 112. One copy that circulated through the market for years was reported to have wrappers. Very rare in any edition.

First edition. Garrett & Goodwin, pp. 205-206. Howes D423: “Three chapters on Texas” [erroneous]. Morgan, Bibliography of Ohio Imprints 4410. Palmquist, Pioneer Photographers, p. 213. Tutorow 3641.

A rare and exciting but possibly apocryphal account of an American captive during the Mexican War, who even worked in Valparaiso as a printer on an ancient Ramage press for a publisher who bought his freedom from his drunken guards, who were threatening to execute him. Donnavan made the most of his adventures and his book, which went through at least a dozen editions almost instantly and was translated into German, by producing a huge, 21,000-square-foot panorama of Mexico and the war, which he toured on the East Coast after its opening in Cincinnati. (For a description of the panorama, see Magali M. Carrera, Traveling from Spain to Mexico, Duke University Press, 2011, pp. 103-104.) Donnavan predicts that the U.S. will win the war and eventually occupy Mexico, an event that he believes will only help the country grow. If this text is manufactured, it is certainly based somehow on detailed knowledge of the country. Maria and Charles Sanders (1824-1891) were prominent citizens of Glenville, New York.


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