Lot 406 of 522:
With color lithographs of the Mexican War  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$9,600
Estimate:
$8,000 - $12,000

Title:
The War between the United States and Mexico Illustrated, Embracing Pictorial Drawings of All the Principal Conflicts
Author:
Kendall, George Wilkins & Carl Nebel
Place:
New York
Publisher:
D. Appleton & Company
Date:
1851
Description:

[i-iii] iv, [1] 2-52 pp. Lithograph map; 11 of 12 color lithographs on handmade paper. (Folio) 58.5x44.5 cm (23x17½"), original printed wrappers protected in modern cloth case. First Edition.

The prints are all separate and acquired at different times. Kendall was America’s first great war correspondent and wrote an eyewitness account of the Texas-Santa Fe Expedition. An ardent proponent of the necessity of the United States’ war with Mexico, when hostilities broke out, he went at once to the Rio Grande where he accompanied the Rangers and later attached himself to Scott’s invasion. 

Map of the Operations of the American Army in the Valley of Mexico in August and September 1847 [lower left below neat line] Gravé sur pierre par Erhard-Schiéble, r. Furstenberg 2 [lower right below neat line] Imprimé chez Lemercier, r. de Seine 57, Paris. Neat line to neat line: 27.8 x 44.7 cm; overall sheet size: 41 x 57.5 cm. 
 
Plates included:
  • Capture of Monterey. [lower left] C. Nebel fecit. [lower right] Bayot lith. Image area: 27.5 x 42.4 cm; overall sheet size: 40 x 52 cm. Minor foxing, corners trimmed, closed tear in right margin, tear in left margin, otherwise good. Sandweiss, Plate 7 (p. 81), No. 16 (p. 129)
  • Battle Buena Vista. [lower left] C. Nebel fecit. [lower right]. Bayot lith. Image area: 27.5 x 42.3 cm; overall sheet size: 34.5 x 46.5 cm. Moderate staining. Sandweiss, Plate 9 (p. 83), No. 38 (p. 163).
  • Bombardment of Vera Cruz [lower left] C. Nebel fecit. [lower right]. Bayot lith. Image area: 27 x 42.5 cm; overall sheet size: 36 cm x 48 cm. Light staining and foxing. Sandweiss, Plate 13 (p. 87), No. 115 (p. 275).
  • Battle of Cerro Gordo. [lower left] C. Nebel fecit. [lower right]. Bayot lith. Image area: 27.8 x 42.5 cm; overall sheet size: 35.5 x 47.5 cm. Light to moderate staining. Sandweiss, Plate 16 (p. 90), No. 125 (p. 296).
  • Assault of Contreras. [lower left] C. Nebel fecit. [lower right] Bayot lith. Image area: 27.7 x 43 cm; overall sheet size: 34.7 x 47 cm.. Moderate to heavy browning and staining. Sandweiss, Plate 17 (p. 91), No. 134 (p. 308).
  • Battle of Churubusco. [lower left] C. Nebel fecit [lower right] Bayot lith. Image area: 27.5 x 42.5 cm; overall sheet size: 34.6 x 46 cm. Mild foxing, else fine. Sandweiss, Plate 18 (p. 92), No. 136 (p. 312).
  • Molino del Rey—Attack upon the Casa Mata. [lower left] C. Nebel fecit. [lower right]. Bayot lith. Image area: 27.4 x 42.6 cm; overall sheet size: 34.5 x 46.5 cm. Other than light spotting in margins, fine. Sandweiss, Plate 20 (p. 94), No. 141 (pp. 318-319).
  • Storming of Chapultepec—Pillow’s Attack. [lower left] C. Nebel fecit. [lower center] Imp. Lemercier, P. de Seine, 57 Paris. [lower right] Bayot lith. Image area: 27.5 x 42.7 cm; overall sheet size: 45 x 60 cm. An utterly superb copy. Sandweiss, Plate 21 (p. 95), No. 146 (p. 326)
  • Storming of Chapultepec—Quitman’s Attack. [lower left] C. Nebel fecit. [lower right] Bichebois et Bayot lith. Image area: 27.5 x 41.6 cm; overall sheet size: 44 x 58 cm. Marginal discoloration, some spots in image area, light mat burn. Sandweiss, Plate 23 (p. 97), No. 152 (pp. 335-336).
  • Genl. Scott’s Entrance into Mexico. [lower left] C. Nebel fecit.[lower right] Bayot lith. Image area: 28.2 x 43 cm; overall sheet size: 36.3 x 47 cm. Faint stains, otherwise fine. LC, American Battle Art, pp. 141-142, plate 68. Sandweiss, Plate 24 (p. 98), No. 159 (pp. 345-347)
Lot Amendments
Condition:
Wrappers chipped and soiled, but professionally washed and backed; rebacked with sympathetic cloth. Light water staining to some leaves and two with chipped corners. Plates are all very good.
 
Item number:
306053
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