DescriptionW. H. Emory. Notes of a Military Reconnaissance, From Fort Leavenworth... to San Diego, In California... Wash: 1848. Second issue (Senate).
W. H. Emory. Notes of a Military Reconnaissance, From Fort Leavenworth... to San Diego, In California... Wash: Wendell and Van Benthuysen, 1848. Second issue (Senate). Octavo. 416 pp. Forty-six plates, of which fourteen are of botanical specimens, three plans and one large folding map (in pocket at rear). In sturdy red-brown buckram binding, spine lettered in gilt. Some light foxing. Bookplate. Dampstains to lower fore-edge corners. Large folding map with repaired tears and holes or tears at some fold corners. Fabricoid pouch to hold map is separating a bit at the bottom. Overall, a very good copy. One of the most important government reports on overland travel, with accounts of the march of the Army of the West, the Mexican War in New Mexico and California, and some of the first American views of the far Southwest. "A library of Western Americana is incomplete without it" (Zamorano 80). Emory also made an important scientific contribution with this work, especially in the botanical section contributed by John Torrey. The map, "Military reconnaissance of the Arkansas, Rio del Norte and Rio Gila.," is called "epochmaking" by Wheat, and put much of the country on the map for the first time.
Cowan, p. 195. Field 500. Howes E145. Sabin 22536. Wagner-Camp 148:2. Wheat Transmississippi 544. Zamorano Eighty 33.
From the collection of California bibliophile Melba Berry Bennett.
Melba Berry Bennett was a descendant of Irish-Welsh-English pioneers and a second-generation Californian, born in 1901 in Los Angeles. A scholar, poet, writer and bibliophile, Melba Bennett was an avid reader of poetry, and was drawn to the works of Robinson Jeffers in the 1930s. Years of loyal assistance to the Jeffers family, having gained the confidence of both Una and Robinson Jeffers, led to her being invited to do his authorized biography - a work fueled by admiration and respect. Mrs. Bennett was awarded the California Commonwealth Club's Silver Medal in 1966 for the Jeffers Biography (her extensive Jeffers collection was recently donated by her family to Tor House in Carmel California. Tor House was built in 1919 as a residence for Jeffers and his family, and is now preserved and available for visits). An avid and astute collector of first editions and early illuminated manuscripts, Mrs. Bennett's family is now releasing these excellent books for others to collect and enjoy.
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