Cincinnati: U.P. James, 1847 (after). Later printing. 8vo. 144 pp. Title-page vignette, woodcut frontispiece, 3 full-page maps in text, 8 woodcut illustrations in text. Original wrappers (both front and back wrappers chipped with loss, some repairs). Some foxing throughout as is true in all copies. Uncut and largely unopened copy. Very good. Item #3396
“This expedition, which ended by land at Matamoros, is still considered one of the most brilliant long marches ever made; the force, with no quartermaster, paymaster, commissary, uniforms, tents, or even military discipline, covered 3,600 miles by land and 2,000 by water, all in the course of 12 months.” (Fifty Texas Rarities, p. 32 note). Doniphan's march is considered to be one of the most famous in history; that the author was an actual participant lends the work credibility and a sense of immediacy. It remains “A classic work on the expedition along the Santa Fe Trail during the Mexican-American War.” (Rittenhouse 311).
With points: priced on front wrapper: "50 Cents"; with the list of embellishments on the verso of the title-page, and without the footnote on p. 25.
Wagner-Camp IV, 134:6. Cowan, I, p. 115; II, p. 295n. Connor & Faulk 434. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 80. Flake 4126. Graff 2005. Howes H769.