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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. 250pp. 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); this copy lacks plates numbered 4, 5, and 6, with number 73 in duplicate. Original blind-stamped cloth over boards. Original embossed cloth boards show substantial insect damage to the edges; backstrip missing. Each map has a closed tear of approximately four inches, but with no loss. Moderate foxing throughout. Inked presentation on title page ("...from G. S. F."). Overall, a tightly bound copy which, internally, is 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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