DescriptionGeorge Wilkins Kendall. Narrative of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition, Comprising a Description of A Tour Through Texas, and Across the Great Southwestern Prairies, the Camanche and Caygua 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. With Illustrations and a Map. By Geo. Wilkins Kendall. In Two Volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1844. First edition. Two 12mo volumes, xii, 405; xii, 406 pages. Engraved illustration used as a frontispiece in each volume. Fold out map in volume I (12" x 16.75") engraved by W. Kemble N. York, "Texas and Part of Mexico & the United States Showing the Route of the First Santa Fe Expedition". Volume I illustrated (aside from frontispiece) with one engraved plate; Volume II with two engraved plates. Publisher's original blind-stamped green cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the spine.
This classic of western Americana recounts the adventurers and suffering of a small group of Texans who set out across the plains in 1841 to seize neighboring New Mexico. President Mirabeau Lamar had directed the group to take control of New Mexico either through diplomacy or force. Instead, the poorly provisioned party became lost on the arid high plains, eventually arriving in desperate straits. Alerted to the Texans' intentions, New Mexico officials sent a force to meet them. The Texans were persuaded to surrender, taken prisoner, and marched to Mexico City. George Wilkins Kendall, the owner of a New Orleans newspaper, accompanied the Texans and shared their fate, but along the way he kept notes and sent dispatches to his newspaper that became the basis of his remarkable book. Kendall's "Narrative of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition" earned a wide readership, selling an amazing 40,000 copies in its first eight years. A classic travel narrative and cornerstone book about early Texas.
Condition: Good. Bindings moderately scuffed, stained worn along the edges; contents with moderate to heavy foxing. Map with some splits in the folds and edge tears. Still, a sound set worthy of conservation.
Reference: Field 818. Graff 2304. Howes K75. Rader 2157. Streeter 1515; Streeter Sale 379. Jenkins 116(a). Wagner-Camp 110:1. Sabin 37360.
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