DescriptionJames H. Simpson. Journal of a Military Reconnaissance, From Santa Fé, New Mexico, to the Navajo Country, Made With the Troops Under Command of Brevet Lieutenant Colonel John M. Washington, Chief of Ninth Military Department, and Governor of New Mexico, in 1849. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo and Co., 1852.
First edition. Octavo. 140 pages, 16 page publisher's catalog. Seventy-five plates as called for (numbers 2, 21, and 39 not issued), many of which are colored or tinted. Large fold out by Edward M. Kern.
Original brown cloth with rules and decoration stamped in blind on the boards and titles stamped in gilt on the spine. Front and back endpapers and pastedown used as publisher's catalog. Boards worn at the edges, head and foot of the spine and corners. A 3.5" crack in the front joint and a 1" crack in the joint at the top of the rear board. Contents sound and reasonably bright. Light foxing and staining to the preliminary pages. Light foxing throughout. An admirable copy in very good condition.
Though the object of the original expedition was "the chastisement of the Navajo Indians", Simpson thoroughly documented the scenery and indigenous people that he encountered. The expedition also discovered the ruins in Chaco and Chelly canyons.
Howes S498. Wagner-Camp 218, Graff 3789, Wheat 641.
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