Cincinnati: U.P. James, [ 1847]. 144pp. Frontis. Illus. Titlepage vignette. Original pink pictorial wrappers. Spine darkened and bit chipped, some internal dust soiling and minor scattered foxing, but an exceptionally fine copy, completely unopened. Item #WRCAM15701
One of the classic, primary works on the campaign of the First Missouri Cavalry in New Mexico and Chihuahua. "The narrative is a valuable adjunct to the literature of overland travel, Doniphan's march being one of the most famous in history and the author an actual participant. The chapters on the march to California of Kearny's Army of the West, the battles en route and there, and of affairs on the west coast during the Revolution, contain one of the earliest accounts of these world-shaking events to appear in print" - Eberstadt. The first edition (which is extremely rare) appeared in 1847, and by 1851 more than 14,000 copies had been sold. The precedence of the various printings and revised printings was long a bibliographic mystery, now nicely summarized in Wagner-Camp-Becker. This printing, with U.P. James listed as the sole publisher, without date, is ascribed by Wagner-Camp-Becker to the period following the dissolution of the partnership of J.A. and U.P. James in July of 1854. Very uncommon in this original state. HOWES H769. WAGNER-CAMP 134:6. GRAFF 2006. RITTENHOUSE 311.