W. H. Emory. Notes of a Military Reconnaissance. Washington: Wendell and Van Benthuysen, 1848.

    First edition, second issue of the Senate issue (with Emory's rank given as brevet major). Octavo. 416 pages. Forty plates, of which fourteen are botanical specimens, three plans, and one large folding map which is linen-backed and separate.

    Original vertical-ribbed brown cloth with printed paper label on spine (chipped heavily). Some inoffensive foxing throughout, four pages in the Appendix of astronomical tables have top right corners excised affecting text of titles but not readings. Long thumb-shaped gap of paper removed from rear endpaper, pencil markings to rear endpapers, and pencil annotations to map. Linen-backed map is darkened. Still, a very good copy with the scarce large map.

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    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. Taxonomic Literature 1669. Zamarano Eighty 33.

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