Randolph B. Marcy and George B. McClellan. Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852. Washington: A. O. P. Nicholson, 1854. Second printing. 8vo, xv, 286 pages. Appendices and indexed. 64 plates, representing landscapes, geological sections, paleontology, zoology, and botany, including one hand-colored folding example; two plates appear to be missing unless plate numbering system is in error. Original blind stamped, brown cloth over boards. Gilt lettering stamped on the spine. Spine covering is chipped in places, mostly at the head. Rear board is heavily damaged at the edge, the top layer of the cloth having been scuffed completely off. Bumped corners. The majority of the text is very lightly toned, but there is heavy foxing in places. Pages 147 through 158 are coming loose from the stitching, but the rest of the textblock remains tight.

    Inscribed on the front free endpaper to "Julius Cartin [?]/from Hon. Ja. T. Pratt/M. C./Feb 1855" in ink which has bled not only onto the verso of the page, but on the recto of the first flyleaf. James T. Pratt (1802-1887) was a former major general and member of Congress.
    Reference: Howes M276. Rader 2346. Sabin 44512. Basic Texas Books 135B.

    More Information:  "Written by one of the greatest nineteenth-century American explorers, this is one of the most interesting accounts of an original exploration of unknown parts of Texas..." (Basic Texas Books).

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