21 June 2005
JOHNSTON, Joseph E. (1807-1891). Reports of the Secretary of War, with Reconnaissances of Routes from San Antonio to El Paso. 31st Congress, 1st Session. Senate Executive Document, no. 64. Washington, D.C.: Union Office, 1850.
8o (224 x 144 mm). 72 plates, two folding and several hand-colored, and 2 folding maps (a few creases and short tears to maps). Original dark brown blindstamped cloth, gilt lettered on spine; blue quarter morocco slipcase.
FIRST EDITION. Included are letters of Anderson and Abert, reports of Lieutenant Smith, Lieutenant Michler, Lieutenant Bryan, Colonel Johnston, Captain French, Lieutenant Simpson, Captain Marcy and Lieutenant Whiting. This report was the most important for the opening of travel and settlement in West Texas and New Mexico. By these explorations a supply and potential railroad route was surveyed across West Texas, and this became the main passageway for soldiers, settlers and gold seekers. The Simpson report is one of the first thorough surveys in New Mexico. "There is much interesting matter in the reports relating to the Indian tribes, then first visited, and the plates are principally illustrative of Indian features, savage life, or aboriginal antiquities" (Field 1289). Graff 2228; Howes J-170; Meisel III p. 113; Sabin 36377; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West 677. A VERY FINE COPY.
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