DescriptionGeorge Wilkins Kendall: Narrative of the Texan Santa Fé Expedition, Comprising a Description of A Tour Through Texas, and Across the Great Southwestern Prairies, the Camanche and Caygüa 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 octavo volumes. xii, -405; xii, -406 pages. Illustrated with five engraved plates and a folding map: Texas and Part of Mexico & The United States, showing the Route of The First Santa Fé Expedition (16" x 11"). Publisher's original cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the spine.
"The best account of the Santa Fé Expedition [and] one of the best campaign narratives ever written," with folding map of Texas and five tissue-guarded plates (Basic Texas Books, 116). "Kendall's experiences represent practically every element of adventure and peril that could have befallen men on the southwestern frontier. Through his skillful organization and superb narrative and descriptive ability, he produced one of the classics of western Americana. Kendall founded the New Orleans Picayune in 1837 and became one of the leading trumpeters for Texas. In 1841, learning of Texas plans to Conquer Santa Fé, he set out for Texas and joined the expedition. Travelling through a new and hostile environment, and improperly equipped, the expedition nearly starved, surviving on hippophagy. The members straggled almost to Santa Fé and were gulled into surrendering without a fight. The captives were taken to Mexico and imprisoned for nearly two years, some longer." (Basic Texas Books).
Condition: Boards with moderate to heavy shelf wear specifically bumped corners and some loss to the spine of each volume; contents with light to moderate scattered foxing; map with a closed tear, otherwise a very good set, not often seen in the original bindings.
References: Sabin 37360. Wagner-Camp 110:1. Graff 2304. Streeter Texas 1515. Field 818. Howes K75. Jenkins, Basic Texas Books 116.
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