Auction 103, Lot 629

"United States & Mexican Boundary Survey - Volumes I & II, Parts I and II", Emory, William Hemsley

Subject: Boundary Surveys

Period: 1857-59 (published)



See Description

After the Treaty of Guadeloupe, Hidalgo (1848), which ended the war with Mexico, it was necessary to establish a boundary acceptable to both Mexico and the United States. The Mexican Boundary Survey was the result and it provided Americans with the first detailed description of their newly acquired territory. Vol. I. 174 pp., 26 engravings (some tinted lithographs) and 20 woodcuts, plus 20 stone lithos of fossils. Vol. II Part I - 270 pp., Botany 61plates, Cacti 75 plates; Part II - 217 pp., Mammals 27 plates, Birds 25 plates (the beautiful colored lithographs by Baird), Reptiles & Snakes 41 plates, and Fish 41 plates. Volume I contains a large, folding "Map of the United States and their Territories between the Mississippi and the Pacific Ocean and Part of Mexico". All engravings appear to be present and usually in very good to fine condition. First edition, 34th Congress, 1st Session, Ex. Doc. No. 135.


Condition: B

Unmatched bindings, Vol. I - 9 x 11.2", later binding; Vol. II - 9.5 x 11.2", original binding. Vol. II back cover not attached at binding. Binding with scuffing and shelf wear. Contents very good.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000

Sold for: $800

Closed on 6/11/2003