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[HISTORIES]. BROOKS, Nathan Covington. A Complete History of the Mexican War: Its Causes, Conduct, and Consequences: Comprising an Account of the Various Military and Naval Operations, from its Commencement to the Treaty of Peace. Illustrated and Explained by Maps, Plans of Battles, Views, and Portraits. Philadelphia: Grigg, Elliot & Co. 14 N. Fourth Street; Baltimore: Hutchinson & Seebold, 1849. [iii-v] vi-xvi, [5] 6-558 pp., frontispiece, 33 plates, 13 maps. 8vo (23 x 15.5 cm), contemporary three-quarter roan over marbled boards, edges sprinkled. Joints rubbed, hinges slightly open. Text foxed, but generally very good. With contemporary pencil inscription on front flyleaf, and H.H. Hopkins ink stamp on front pastedown. Contemporary binder’s instructions on front flyleaf concerning binding this presentation copy. Rare in commerce.

First edition (published by subscription). Connor & Faulk 5. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 11. Haferkorn, p. 10. Sabin 8360. Tutorow 3202.

“Polk caused the war by ordering Taylor into Mexican territory. Neither annexation nor claims against Mexican citizens would have been sufficient cause of war. Does not deal with slavery, expansion into new territories, or the California aspects of the war. This 1849 volume has fallen into widespread disuse among scholars, much to their loss, for it appears to be one of the most accurate of the early comprehensive histories. Contains a copy of the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo [pp. 541-558]” (Tutorow). Contains extensive discussion of the Texas problem and battles in the state. Despite Tutorow’s assertion, the work does contain material on California. An excellent, well-illustrated history.

Brooks (1809-1898) was a prominent Maryland author and educator.


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