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    Joseph Eggleston Johnston, et al. Reports of the Secretary of War, with Reconnaissances of Routes from San Antonio to El Paso, by Brevet Lt. Col. J. E. Johnston; Lieutenant W. F. Smith; Lieutenant F. T. Bryan; Lieutenant N. H. Michler; and Captain S. G. French, of Q'rmaster's Dep't. Also, the Report of Capt. R. B. Marcy's Route from Fort Smith to Santa Fe; and the Report of Lieut. J. H. Simpson of an Expedition into the Navajo Country; and the Report of Lieutenant W. H. C. Whiting's Reconnaissance of the Western Frontier of Texas. Washington: Printed at the Union Office, 1850. First edition. 8vo. 250 pp. plus two folding maps and seventy-two lithographed plates, several hand-colored, some folding (the plates are numbered 1 to 75; however, plates numbered 2, 21, and 39 were not issued). Original blind-stamped cloth over boards. Expertly re-backed with a new leather title label to spine with gilt lettering. Corners bumped. A two-inch square of the upper section of the title page has been torn off, not affecting the text. Some shallow closed tears to the maps at several of the folds, but with no loss. One of the folding plates has cleanly separated at the fold, but is still present. Overall, a tightly bound copy in very good condition.

    The routes traveled by the authors of these reports helped to open West Texas to settlement and to extend travel to points farther west. These routes were only slightly modified by the Texas Pacific and the Southern Pacific railroads. The work also brought greater attention to the native people of the region. "There is much interesting matter in the reports relating to Indian tribes, then first visited, and the plates are principally illustrative of Indian life or aboriginal antiquities" (Sabin).

    References:
    Basic Texas Books 111. Graff 2228. Howes J170. Sabin 36377. Wagner-Camp 184.


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