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    First-Hand Account of the Ill-Fated Mier Expedition

    William Preston Stapp. The Prisoners of Perote: Containing a Journal Kept By the Author, Who Was Captured by the Mexicans, at Meir, December 25, 1842, and Released From Perote, May 10, 1844. Philadelphia: G. B. Zieber and Company, 1845. First edition. 12mo. xi, [xii] blank, [13]-164 pages, [4] publisher's catalog. Contemporary leather binding with titles stamped in gilt on the spine.

    Stapp participated in the unsuccessful attack on the Mexican village of Mier where he and many of fellow soldiers were taken prisoner and marched to the prison at Perote near Vera Cruz. He gives a vivid first-hand account of his treatment while imprisoned. He was released as a result of the overtures of his uncle, General Milton Stapp. Stapp's book about his time in Perote was likely the first book written about the ill-fated Mier expedition.

    Condition: Boards with modest shelf wear, greater wear to the corners; contents lightly toned with scattered foxing, more so to the preliminary and terminal pages; small contemporary school library label mounted to front pastedown, else in very good condition.


    References: Howes S891. Streeter 1610. Fifty Texas Rarities 27. Texas Handbook, II, p. 189.


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