William H. Emory. Report on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, Volume One, Part I. [Washington: A.O.P. Nicholson or Cornelius Wendell, 1857]. Octavo. xvi, 258 pages. Including 12 hand-color lithographs of Indians, 20 woodcuts, engravings, maps and charts.

    William Emory took over the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey when his predecessor John Bartlett had been removed. It was hoped that Emory, a military man, would be more conscientious -- Bartlett was let go because his placement of the southern boundary of New Mexico eventually necessitated the Gadsden Purchase. Emory proved an excellent choice. His report is an exhaustive compendium of those new regions recently wrested from Mexico, mostly unsettled and unexplored. He and his team returned with field notes concerning the plant and animal life, the weather, geology, archeological sites, studies of the native people, recommendations for travel routes, and so on. J. Frank Dobie, in Life and Literature of the Southwest, writes that: 'Emory's great two-volume Report on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, Washington 1857 and 1859, is, aside from descriptions of borderlands and their inhabitants, a veritable encyclopedia, wonderfully illustrated, on western flora and fauna.' He considers this to be the 'meatiest of a number of meaty government publications.'

    Condition: Fair. Worthy of conservation. Offsetting to plates, scattered toning and foxing, occasional damp stains, lacking part II. Retains nothing of the original binding.

    References: Basic Texas Books 57. Dobie, p. 86. Howes E146. Raines, p. 76. Wagner-Camp 291.

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