2 volumes. 8vo., (8 x 5 inches). 2 engraved frontispieces and 3 plates, folding map of "Texas and part of Mexico & the United States showing the Route of the First Santa Fe Expedition (short tear near the mount, a bit spotted throughout). Original black cloth, covers decorated in blind, spine lettered and decorated in gilt (discreet repair to the head of each spine); preserved in a modern brown silk moiree slipcase.
Provenance: with early pencilled annotations to contents leaves and newspaper clippings between the front free endpapers of volume one; with the leather book label of Michael Sharpe, his sale, Bonham's, February 9th, 2015, lot 35
First edition of this classic work of western American travel, the best contemporary account of this pivotal event in the history of Texas. Under the instigation of Mirabeau Lamar, the party set out to open a trade route which might lure away some of the lucrative Santa Fe Trail trade, and to extend greetings to the residents of New Mexico. The entire force was taken captive by a detachment under orders from Governor Armijo and forcibly marched to Mexico City. George W. Kendall was a printer, a respected newspaperman, and a journalist whose account of his Santa Fe Trail adventures in 1841-1842, following his surrender to the Mexicans, was first published as letters in serial publications. His story, once released in book form in 1844, was so compelling that it went through many contemporary editions and upwards of 40000 copies were sold through the conclusion of the Mexican War in 1847. Wagner-Camp 1101; Sabin 37360; Streeter, Texas, 1515; Streeter sale I 379; Field 818; Howes K75; Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, 483; Clark III 188. Catalogued by Kate Hunter