[DONIPHAN'S EXPEDITION]. RICHARDSON, William H. Journal of William H. Richardson, a Private Soldier in the Campaign of New and Old Mexico, Under the Command of Colonel Doniphan of Missouri. Baltimore: John H. Woods, 1848. 96 pp., 3 woodcut plates, including frontispiece. 12mo (19 x 11.7 cm), original green pictorial wrappers, sewn. Light wear and soiling to wrappers, contemporary name in Philadelphia erased from front wrapper, lacking folding slip of certification from Doniphan, else fine, with the title page from the 1847 first edition neatly tipped in, but with perforation stamp of Rhode Island Historical Society and old library sticker with ink ms. shelf number. Preserved in a quarter brown morocco folding case.
Second edition of “one of the rarest of the Doniphan accounts” (Streeter Sale 166); first published in Baltimore in 1847. Fifty Texas Rarities 33 (locates only 2 copies). Howes R262. Plains & Rockies IV:13:2. Rittenhouse 480: “Journal of personal experiences with Doniphan’s men on their march over the Santa Fe Trail during the Mexican War.” Sabin 71093. Tutorow 3620 & 2630n: “Doniphan himself called this one of the best accounts of his famous expedition.... Richardson was a private who records scores of memories of daily life in camp, ranging from his own need to learn how to prepare camp breakfast to details of battles in a number of encounters with Mexicans.”
Chronicles the U.S. takeover of New Mexico, the conquest of Chihuahua, and Doniphan’s march through Texas.