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    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 80

    KENDALL, George Wilkins (1809-1867). Narrative of the Texan Santa Fi Expedition, Comprising a Description of a Tour Through Texas, and Across the Great Southwestern Prairies, the Camanche and Cayuga Hunting-Grounds, With an Account of the Sufferings from Want of Food, Losses from Hostile Indians, and Final Capture of the Texans, and Their March, as Prisoners, to the City of Mexico. New York: Harper, 1844.

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    KENDALL, George Wilkins (1809-1867). Narrative of the Texan Santa Fi Expedition, Comprising a Description of a Tour Through Texas, and Across the Great Southwestern Prairies, the Camanche and Cayuga Hunting-Grounds, With an Account of the Sufferings from Want of Food, Losses from Hostile Indians, and Final Capture of the Texans, and Their March, as Prisoners, to the City of Mexico. New York: Harper, 1844.

    2 volumes, 8o (198 x 125 mm). Detailed folding map showing the route of the ill-fated expedition (425 x 300 mm), 5 full-page engraved plates (minor foxing). Original publisher's blindstamped black cloth, gilt pictorial stamp (a horseman chasing a buffalo) on spines; gray cloth folding box. Provenance: Frank L. Hadley (bookplate); Jay T. Snider (bookplate; his sale Christie's New York, 21 June 2005, lot 229).

    FIRST EDITION. A dramatic account (by a New Orleans journalist who accompanied the expedition) of an ill-conceived 1841 trek across the Southwest instigated by Texas President Mirabeau Lamar in an attempt to extend Texas's boundary westward to the Rio Grande and--in effect--annex New Mexico. After severe tribulations, the survivors were arrested by Governor Manuel Armijo and marched to Mexico City, provoking a public outcry and diplomatic crisis in Texas and the U.S. Most of the Texans were released six months later. For an augmented English edition, see lot 242. Field 818; Graff 2304; Howes K-75; Sabin 37360 ( "A romantic narrative of adventure, describing the terrible disasters which befell the expedition from the attacks of the hostile Indians"); Streeter I:379; Streeter Texas 1515; Wagner-Camp-Becker 110:1; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West 483. A VERY FINE COPY, with spines exceptionally bright.


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