Catalog Archive
Auction 158, Lot 447

"Doniphan's Expedition; Containing an Account of the Conquest of New Mexico; General Kearney's Overland Expedition to California...", James, J. A. & U. P.

Subject: Exploration & Surveys

Period: 1848 (published)


Color: Black & White

4.9 x 7.8 inches
12.4 x 19.8 cm

John Taylor Hughes, author of this book, was the historian of Doniphan's expedition and followed the regiment on its 850 mile march from Fort Leavenworth down the Santa Fe Trail to invade Mexico. He observed and described the hardships of the soldiers on the rough plains and deserts and reported on the military occupation of Santa Fe. The volume also covers General Kearney's overland expedition to California and the operations of General Price at Santa Fe. Included with the book is a detailed map titled A New Map of Mexico, California & Oregon (9 x 13.5") which shows Kearney's Route, Cooke's Route and the Tennessee & Kentucky cavalry route. In addition to the map are engraved portraits of Doniphan and Price, and several other illustrations in the text including full page battle and city plans. 407 pp., 12mo. New spine with original blind-stamped brown cloth boards and title label on spine.

References: Wheat (TMW) #546; Wagner-Camp #134.3; Sabin #33596; Howes H769.

Condition: B+

The map has a short binding tear at right that has been repaired with tissue on both recto and verso with minor soiling and toning. Report text and plates are mostly clean and tight with occasional scattered foxing. Covers have light wear and staining.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 6/22/2016