Lot 57 of 382:
Notes of a Military Reconnoissance by Emory  

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Title:
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
Author:
Emory, William H.
Place:
Washington
Publisher:
Wendell and Van Benthuysen, Printers
Date:
1848
Description:

416 pp. Illustrated with 43 lithographed plates, including 14 botanical plates; 3 battle-plans, lacking folding map. (8vo), modern leatherette lettered on spine in gilt, fresh endpapers. First Edition, Senate Issue 2.

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. 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 archeological remains. Emory's descriptions of the various Indian tribes that he encountered were steps toward the newly-forming discipline -Anthropology- concerned with primitive man." Senate Executive No. 7, 30th Congress, 1st Session. Cowan p.195; Graff 1249; Howes E145; Wagner-Camp 148:2; Zamorano Eighty 33.

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Condition:
Some dampstaining to leaves and plates, light foxing; very good.
 
Item number:
309806
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