Lot 16 of 235:
Fine copy of Emory with map  

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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

Emory, W[illiam] H.


Wendell and Van Benthuysen, Printers



416 pp. Illustrated with 42 plates, mostly lithograph views or Native American portraits, and including 14 botanical plates and 3 battle plans; separate large folding map (76x165 cm) titled "Military Reconnaissance of the Arkansas Rio Del Norte and Rio Gila." (8vo) 22.3x13.8 cm (8¾x5½"), original cloth, paper spine label. Senate Executive No. 7, 30th Congress, 1st Session.

This is the second Senate issue of the book, with Emory's rank given as Brevet Major, and with slight changes in the spelling of the captions. However, it does include the large folding map, which Wagner-Camp does not call for with this issue. That it is was issued with this copy is confirmed by the presence of the rear endpaper pocket into which it was placed, but it is now in protective custody in a separate folder - both the folder and book are in a modern custom slipcase. The large map is called by Wheat "a document of towering significance in the cartographic history of the West," and "epoch-making."  The book itself is a superb study by topographical engineer and scientist Emory of the lands newly wrested from the Mexican government. As Wagner-Camp notes, "his report was a major contribution to the geographical knowledge of North America… the report includes sections on the plants and animals, as well as on the geology and the prehistoric town sites and other archaeological remains. Emory's descriptions of the various Indian tribes that he encountered were steps toward the newly-forming discipline -Anthropology- concerned with primitive man." Ink name of Herbert W. Clark to front free endpaper. A few instances of neat pencil notes in margin by one who was evidently following the text closely.

Provenance: Holmes 4/70

References: Cowan p.195; Graff 1249; Howes E145; Wagner-Camp 148:2; Wheat Transmississippi 544; Zamorano Eighty 33.

Lot Amendments

Some rubbing to the spine label, slight nicks to spine foot; offset to front free endpaper; map with just slight darkening and a little wear at fold intersections, much less than usually the case; fine or nearly so, one of the best copies we have handled.

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