NARRATIVE OF THE TEXAS SANTA FÉ EXPEDITION, by George Wilkins Kendall - 1844 [1st ed., 2 vols.]


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Narrative of the Texas Santa Fé Expedition,

Comprising a Description of a Tour through Texas, etc.

by George Wilkins Kendall

First edition, two volumes.  New York:  Harper and Brothers, 1844 

Hardback set is overall in VERY GOOD- condition.

  • Publisher's black cloth covers have blind stamped borders and medallions, with gilt on spines. 
  • Boards show some smudges, scuffing, dings, creasing, edgewear.  Corners are bumped and frayed, with exposed board.  See photos.  
  • Spines have gilt text a little dimmed, some chipping to cloth, with chipped and frayed ends.  See photos.  
  • Bindings are intact.  Volume 1: signature at pg. 123 is out of true but still attached.  See photos. 
  • Pastedowns and feps have notable foxing, staining, some pencil marks.  
  • Frontispiece is present in each volume, with intact tissue guards.
  • Foldout map is present.
  • Illustrations, engraved with foxed tissue guards, are age toned, with scattered foxing. 
  • Interior is age-toned, exhibits moderate foxing, some staining, some small chips at page edges.  Volume 2, upper corner bumped at first signature.  See photos.  
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • PS2024.0305

405 + 406 pages. 5 x 7 7/8 inches

A first edition set, in the publisher's original black cloth bindings, first state, complete with five engraved illustrations and fold-out map.  Bindings are tender, and interiors exhibit age toning and foxing throughout, but very legible.  Overall an almost very good copy of this important account.

Kendall's book has been described as the best first-hand story of the ill-fated invasion of New Mexico in 1841, an unsuccessful effort to extend the western border of the Republic of Texas to the Rio Grande.  The Texans, poorly supplied and led, were captured by the Mexicans and marched to prison in Mexico City.  Kendall was later released and he returned to New Orleans and his newspaper, the Picayune, which he had helped to establish five years earlier.  (Wagner-Camp) 

First edition.  Bindings, stamped '1844' on spines, indicating the first state.

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