NOTES OF A MILITARY RECONNOISSANCE, FROM FORT LEAVENWORTH, IN MISSOURI, TO SAN DIEGO IN CALIFORNIA, INCLUDING PART OF THE ARKANSAS, DEL NORTE, AND GILA RIVERS. BY LIEUT. COL. W. H. EMORY. MADE IN 1846-7, WITH THE ADVANCED GUARD OF THE "ARMY OF THE WEST." FEBRUARY 9, 1848. -- ORDERED TO BE PRINTED. FEBRUARY 17, 1848. -- ORDERED, THAT 10,000 EXTRA COPIES OF EACH OF THE REPORTS OF LIEUTENANT EMORY, CAPTAIN COOKE, AND LIEUTENANT ABERT, BE PRINTED FOR THE USE OF THE HOUSE; AND THAT OF SAID NUMBER, 250 COPIES BE FURNISHED FOR THE USE OF LIEUTENANT EMORY, CAPTAIN COOKE, AND LIEUTENANT ABERT, RESPECTIVELY. Washington: Wendell and Van Benthuysen, Printers, 1848. 22x13.5 cm (octavo), pp. [1-7] 8-614, 64 lithographed or engraved plates, 3 battle-plans, other drawings the text, 2 folded maps, original black cloth. First edition, expanded House of Representatives issue. Issued as United States, Thirtieth Congress, First Session, Ex. Doc. No. 41, Serial 517. A bibliographically complex work. "... source material for the Southwest and the Mexican border. A library of Western Americana is incomplete without it" (Zamorano Eighty). Emory's "report was a major contribution to the geographical knowledge of North America ... The report includes sections on the plants and animals, as well as on the geology and the prehistoric town sites and other archaeological remains. Emory's descriptions of the various Indian tribes that he encountered were steps toward the newly forming discipline -- Anthropology -- concerned with primitive man" (Wagner, Camp and Becker). The House of Representatives issues of the work, of which this is the first, add the reports of Lieutenant Abert, "Report of Lieut. J. W. Abert, of his Examination of New Mexico, in the Years 1846-'47," pp. -548, Colonel Cooke, "Report of Lieut. Col. P. St. George Cooke of his March from Santa Fe New Mexico, to San Diego, Upper California," pp. -, and Captain Johnson, "Journal of Captain A. R. Johnston, First Dragoons," pp. -614. The two maps are "Map of the Territory of New Mexico" and "Sketch of part of the march & wagon road of Lt. Colonel Cooke." Cowan (1933), p.195. Field, p. 121. Graff 1249. Howes E145. Wagner, Camp and Becker (1982) 148:5. Wheat Transmississippi 505 and 532. Zamorano Eighty 33. Missing two plates. Spine lost, text block cracked, binding shaken, wear to covers; ownership marks on pastedown, maps have minor creasing and edge tears, text block toned with some foxing; good internally --- deserving of rebinding. (#166993).
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