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.

Washington. 1848. 416pp. plus forty plates (fourteen of botanical specimens) and three plans. Large folding map. Original brown cloth, paper label on spine. Worn at spine ends, label rubbed, corners slightly bumped. Upper outer corner of front free endpaper torn. A few fox marks, but on the whole a very clean copy. The large folding map has some edge wear and a couple small closed tears at the folds, but is in very nice condition. A very good copy. Item #WRCAM20777

Francis Farquhar's copy, with his ownership inscription on the front pastedown. This is the second issue of the Senate version, with Emory's rank given as brevet major. One of the most important government reports on overland travel, with accounts of the march of the Army of the West, the Mexican-American War in New Mexico and California, and some of the first American views of the Far Southwest. "A library of Western Americana is incomplete without it" - ZAMORANO 80. Emory also made an important scientific contribution with this work, especially in the botanical section contributed by John Torrey. The map, "Military reconnaissance of the Arkansas, Rio del Norte and Rio Gila...," is called "epochmaking" by Wheat, and put much of the country on the map for the first time. WAGNER-CAMP 148:2. COWAN, p.195. FIELD 500. HILL 559 (ref). HOWES E145. SABIN 22536. ZAMORANO 80, 33. SAUNDERS 2883. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 544. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE 1669. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 103.

Price: $600.00