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Reports of the Secretary of War, with Reconnaissances of Routes from San Antonio to El Paso . . . Also, Route from Fort Smith to Santa Fe; Expedition into the Navajo Country; and Reconnaissances of the Western Frontier of Texas

Brevet Lt. Col. J. E. Johnston, and Lieuts. W. F. Smith, F. T. Bryan, N. H. Michler, and Capt. S. G. French

Published by Union Office, Washington, 1850
Condition: Fair to Good Soft cover
From Robert G. Smith Jr. (Denver, CO, U.S.A.)

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31st Congress, 1st Session, Senate Ex. Doc. 64. In later quarter maroon leather and dark marbled boards, rebacked with gilt lettered spine laid down. 250 pp., 72 plates (numbered through 75, plates 2, 21, and 39 never issued), with about half in full or partial color and 3 folding, and 2 folding maps. Lithography by P. S. Duval, Philadelphia. *** Condition: Complete with all plates and maps. Ex-library (John Crerar) with some exterior exterior wear but good overall. Bookplate on front pastedown, perforated stamp on title page, a few other minor library markings and ink stamps on the back of all plates. Text is lightly foxed, as are some of the plates. The long folding "Inscription Rock" plate has separated along several vertical folds and is complete except for some chipping to the top edge. The maps are fragile and have also split along the vertical folds leaving each map in several large pieces, plus some smaller edge pieces. There appears to be little or no loss of paper along the fold lines although some chipping into the top neatline occurs in one of the maps. Both should be backed for display or use. The maps are presently stored loose in a plastic pouch. *** The plates depict topographic views of New Mexico scenery, full page portraits of important Indian tribal members, ancient ruins, pottery shards, pueblo ground plans, petrified wood, and markings on Inscription Rock. Taft notes that "these colored plates must be among the earliest in government reports reproduced from mutiple impressions". Bookseller Inventory # 000384

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Title: Reports of the Secretary of War, with ...

Publisher: Union Office, Washington

Publication Date: 1850

Binding: Original Cloth

Illustrator: Richard Kern

Book Condition:Fair to Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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