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Notes of a military reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, including parts of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila rivers.

Emory, William Hemsley.

Published by Wendell & Van Benthuysen, Washington, 1848
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Emory, Brevet Major of the Corps of Topographical Engineers and an outstanding surveyor and mapmaker, here provides a groundbreaking description of the terrain, flora and fauna, and peoples of the historic Southwest. J. Gregg Layne (Zamorano 80) says, "A library of Western Americana is incomplete without [Emory's report]." The volume is illustrated with => 43 lithographed plates done by Weber & Co., including a portrait of "A New Mexican Indian Woman," a fish of the Gila River, a map of "the actions fought at San Pasqual in upper California between the Americans and Mexicans Dec. 6th & 7th 1846," and a view of cliffside hieroglyphics, as well as a series of 14 botanical images. Government document: 30th Congress, 1st Session. Senate. Executive document no. 7; Howes describes this as the second issue of an edition which appeared in the same year as the first. The present example does not include the oversized, folding map found in some copies; the plates here are, however, in the preferred state, attributed to Weber. 8vo (23.2 cm, 9.1"). 416 pp.; 43 plts. (lacking 1 fold. map). Cowan & Cowan 195; Graff 1249 (other 1848 issues only); Haferkorn 38; Howes E145; Sabin 22536 (for House ed. only); Wagner-Camp, Plains & Rockies, 148:2; Zamorano 80, 33. Recent black cloth, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label. Oversized, folding map lacking. Plates and pages with some light to moderate foxing; one leaf with tear from upper margin, extending into text without loss. Clean, strong. Bookseller Inventory # 27364

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Title: Notes of a military reconnoissance, from ...

Publisher: Wendell & Van Benthuysen, Washington

Publication Date: 1848

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