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The Earliest View of Santa Fe, New Mexico

<p>Santa Fe view in <em>Weekly Herald</em></p>


[SANTA FE]. Two publications containing the earliest views of Santa Fe.​

[1] The Weekly Herald. Vol. 11, No. 25, Whole no 545 (June 20, 1846). [New York, 1846]. Pp. [195] 196-200. Folio in six columns (57.5 x 40 cm). Disbound, creased where formerly folded, overall age toning, right margin chipped, slight water stains.

First edition.

Contains on p. [195] a small, indistinct woodcut view of Santa Fe taken from a distance. Despite its lack of sophistication, this is apparently the earliest view of Santa Fe, predating the Emory views by two years.

[2] EMORY, William Hemsley, et al. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers. By Lieut. Col. W.H. Emory. Made in 1846-7, with the Advanced Guard of the “Army of the West.” February 9, 1848.—Ordered to Be Printed...February 17, 1848—Ordered That 10,000 Extra Copies of Each of the Reports of Lieutenant Emory, Captain Cooke, and Lieutenant Abert, Be Printed for the Use of the House; and that of the Said Number, 250 Copies be Furnished for the Use of Lieutenant Emory, Captain Cooke, and Lieutenant Abert, Respectively. Washington: Wendell and Van Benthuysen, Printers, 1848. [1-7] 8-614 pp., 66 lithographic plates (including three maps), 2 (of 3) folded maps (lacks large folded map, but with a map from a Senate edition instead), text illustrations. 8vo (23 x 14 cm), contemporary brown cloth. Clumsily rebacked, hinges weak, corners bumped, slight wear. Interior very good, but one map has repaired tears and folded map is browned and slightly stained. With contemporary ink inscription signed J.L. Taylor presenting volume to Chillicothe Library Association, June 24, 1867.

House issue (30th Congress, 1st Session, House Executive Document No. 41; with additional reports by Abert, Cooke, and Johnston; plates in the Abert report unattributed and in superior style). This is sometimes considered the first edition. Barrett 2751n. Cowan I, p. 195. Garrett & Goodwin, pp. 157-158, p. 297 & p. 425. Howes E145. Plains & Rockies IV:148:5. Tutorow 1556. Wheat, Transmississippi West 544. Zamorano Eighty 21.

Contains lithographs of “Santa Fe” (opposite p. 419) and “Fort Marcy and the Parroquia—Santa Fe” (opposite p. 454). Those views have long been thought to be the first showing Santa Fe. They are without doubt much superior to the woodcut in the newspaper.


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