Baltimore: John W. Woods, Printer, 1848. 96pp. plus three wood-engraved plates (including frontispiece), one in-text illustration, and a facsimile manuscript. Modern morocco in an antique style, spine gilt, raised bands, edges tooled in gilt. Contemporary institutional gift inscription on front free endpaper. Occasional light foxing. A very good copy. Item #WRCAM54899
Second edition, after the very rare first edition of the previous year, of this important Wagner-Camp and Mexican-American War title. This second edition remains quite rare and is seldom met with in commerce. Richardson enlisted as a mounted volunteer due to patriotism engendered on the 4th of July in Carrollton, Missouri. He took part in Doniphan's expedition over the Santa Fe Trail in the fall of 1846, heading south to El Paso by the first of the New Year, then on to Chihuahua and eventually to Matamoros, where the command shipped by boat to New Orleans. By July 10, Richardson was back home in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and the first edition of his fascinating journal was published before the end of 1847 in the nearest city, Baltimore. An important and well-written account of overland travel along the Santa Fe Trail during the Mexican-American War. GARRETT, p.153. GRAFF, FIFTY TEXAS RARITIES 33 (1st ed). WAGNER-CAMP 137:2. CLARK II:164. HOWES R262, "aa." TUTOROW 2630. GRAFF 3496 (1st ed). RITTENHOUSE 480 (note). SABIN 71093.