New York & Philadelphia: [Plon Brothers of Paris for] Appleton, 1851. Folio (542 x 425 mm). 12 lithographed plates by Bayot after drawings by Carl Nebel, each finely hand-colored and finished with touches of gum arabic, by Lemercier of Paris. Modern red half morocco spine gilt, contemporary printed boards mounted on sides. A fine copy in a very handsome binding, the plates with some occasional soiling to the mounts, but unobtrusive and not affecting plates. Overall, very fresh and bright. Item #406724
FIRST EDITION. THE BEST PICTORIAL RECORD OF THE WAR WITH MEXICO. Kendall, a journalist with the New Orleans Picayune, had repeatedly endorsed U.S. military action against Mexico. When war broke out, he "rode with the rangers, witnessed most of Taylor's battles, and himself captured a cavalry flag...he attached himself as a voluntary aide to the staff of General Worth and saw nearly all the fighting from Vera Cruz to Chapultepec. He was mentioned in dispatches and was wounded in the knee in the storming of the last fortress" (DAB). Bennett p. 65 ("these seem...the very best American battle scenes in existence"); Howes K-76 ("b," "The fine plates by Carl Nebel were produced at Paris, the text printed at New Orleans, the book bound and sold by Appleton in New York"); Sabin 37362.