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Auction 181, Lot 730

One of the Most Outstanding War Department Reports on Western Exploration in the 19th Century

"[War Department Annual Report] Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress at the Commencement of the Second Session of the Thirty-Fifth Congress. Volume II", U.S. War Department

Subject: Document - War Department

Period: 1858 (published)

Publication: H.R. Doc. 2, 35th Congress, 2nd Session

Color: Black & White

5.6 x 8.9 inches
14.2 x 22.6 cm
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This is the House version of the Report of the Secretary of War (volume II only), identical to the Senate version, which Wagner-Camp describes as "particularly interesting." Graff calls it “fascinating…with many short and long reports on military affairs of the West.” The report contains the most detailed government description of the Mormon War on pages 28-223. Also included within the report are four Wagner-Camp items: #296, 303, 311b, 314 and note to 375. These are respectively a diary by John Bartletson of a trip from Fort Bridger to Fort Laramie, Capt. Marcy’s report of an expedition from Utah to New Mexico, Lt. Warren’s report of an exploration in Nebraska Territory, and a preliminary report of Lt. Ives’ exploration. Several other reports of explorations are included as well as an illustrated treatise on the camel. 670 pages. Disbound.

References: Wagner-Camp #311b; Graff #4437.

Condition: B+

Disbound text is very good with just a hint of toning.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $230

Closed on 2/10/2021