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Auction 168, Lot 204

"[Report with 17 Mexican-American War Maps] Message from the President of the United States, to the Two Houses of Congress...", U.S. Government

Subject: Southwestern United States

Period: 1847 (published)

Publication: Sen. Doc. 1, 30th Congress, 1st Session

Color: Black & White

5.8 x 9.1 inches
14.7 x 23.1 cm

This thick, 1,618 page volume contains a total of 17 folding maps of various Mexican-American War engagements. Of particular interest are 4 maps depicting locations in present-day Southern California including:

Sketch of the Battle de Los Angeles Upper California, Fought Between the Americans and Mexicans Jany. 9th 1847 (8.4 x 5.8"). A very early map showing Los Angeles. Locates the Pueblo de Los Angeles, the Rio de Los Angeles, and the moving positions of forces during the battle.

Sketch of the Passage of the Rio San Gabriel, Upper California, by the Americans, -- Discomfiting the Opposing Mex: Forces, Jan: 8th 1847 (8.3 x 6.3"). Shows the American troops advancing across the Rio San Gabriel and the resulting withdrawal of Mexican forces.

Sketch of the Actions Fought at San Pascal in Upper California Between the Americans and Mexicans Dec. 6th & 7th 1846 (7.9 x 11.1"). Depicts the battle between Kearny's troops and those of Mexican Major Andres Pico. Once reinforcements arrived, Kearny was able to push Pico's troops south and reach San Diego.

[Untitled - Map of the California Coast] (11.9 x 14.4"). Covers the California coast from Fort Sacramento south with an inset of lower Baja California. It displays the route of the American militia from Sutter's Fort to San Diego from mission to mission. There is a key at left that gives the number of men present between different points of the march.

Among the other maps are 3 Taos Revolt Battle plans: Sketch accompanying Col. Price Despatch (11.6 x 9.5), Sketch accompany Col. Price's Despatch of 15th, Feb. 1847 (5.7 x 8.2"), and Sketch accompanying Col. Price's Despatch of 18 April, 1847 (7.5 x 8.4").

Octavo, hardbound in full leather with gilt title on spine.


Condition: B

The maps are generally very good with light scattered foxing. The text has light toning, scattered foxing, and occasional staining. The boards are moderately worn and have separated from the text block, while the spine is very worn with loss at top.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $200

Closed on 6/6/2018