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. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1844. First edition. Two octavo volumes. xii, 405; xii, 406 pages. Illustrated with five engraved plates under tissue guards. Later binding in brown three-quarter calf and brown boards. Titles stamped in gilt between five raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt.
Dobie, in his Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest, notes that Kendall "wrote a narrative that if it were not so journalistically verbose might rank alongside Dana's Two Years Before the Mast. Jenkins, in Basic Texas Books, calls Kendall's Narrative not only "the best account of the Santa Fé Expedition, it is one of the best campaign narratives ever written." He goes on to write: "George W. Kendall founded the New Orleans Picayune in 1837 and became one of the leading trumpeters for Texas. In 1841, learning of Texan plans to conquer Santa Fe, he set out for Texas and joined the expedition. Traveling through a new and hostile environment, and improperly equipped, the expedition nearly starved, surviving on hippophagy. The members straggled almost to Santa Fe, and were gulled into surrendering without a fight. The captives were taken to Mexico and imprisoned for nearly two years, some longer. Kendall, although casting himself as a non-combatant member of the press, was locked up with the others." The Narrative proved quite popular, and was reprinted half a dozen times in the U.S. and abroad before 1850.
Condition: Bindings in fine condition. Contents with some light toning and occasional foxing; browning and foxing to the plates. Map toned with a .5" closed tear along the right edge. An attractive set and rare with the original map.
References: Basic Texas Books 116. Dobie, p. 56. Graff 2304. Howes K75. Raines, p. 131. Sabin 37360. Streeter 1515.
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