EMORY, William Hemsley (1811-1887). Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers...1848

$ 1,400.00

8vo., (9 x 5 ¾ inches). (Light spotting throughout). Two fine folding lithographed maps: “Map of the Territory of New Mexico” (some new folds, one or two spots) and “Sketch of part of the march & wagon road of Lt. Colonel COOKE, from Sante Fe to the Pacific Ocean, 1846-7” (somewhat toned). 3 full-page lithographed maps. 64 lithographed plates, scattered in-text illustrations (edgeworn). Original brown cloth, printed paper label on the spine (upper joint split but holding).

First edition, House of Representatives issue, later printing: “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.” As usual for this issue, the largest folding map, “Military Reconnaissance of the Arkansas, Rio del Norte and Rio Gila” is not present. Emory was an accomplished topographical engineer and scientist, and this is a landmark study of the lands which had just been taken from the Mexican government. A southwest book of primary importance. “His 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 archeological 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 148:2; Cowan, p. 195; Graff 1249; Howes E145; Wheat Transmississippi 544; Zamorano Eighty 33).