Publication: D Appleton & Company, 1854, New York
First edition. 8vo. Two volumes. Modern three quarter leather and marbled paper over boards with titles stamped in gold gilt on the spine of each volume, raised bands, xxii, 506 (6) pp. & xvii, 624 pp. Folded tinted lithograph frontispiece in each volume, plus 14 additional tinted lithograph plates, many uncolored engraved plates, woodcut illustrations throughout, and one folding map in Volume I. Basic Texas Books 12 describes this as "the most scholarly and scientific description of Southwest Texas of its era," as well as "one of the best American travel books ever written." Bartlett provides a day to day account of the movements of the boundary survey party (scientists, artists, teamsters, surveyors, and a military escort) as they traveled from Indianola, Texas to San Antonio, Fredericksburg, El Paso, San Diego, and back to Corpus Christi. The expedition "was valuable for contributions regarding mines, minerals, and geology in general, and vastly advanced knowledge of the natural history, ethnology, meteorology, and topography of the areas traversed" Wagner-Camp 234-1 says: "Bartlett was a talented artist, observer, and reporter, who contributed greatly to the knowledge of the geography and topography of the Southwest in his Personal Narrative." Many early emigrants to Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona used Bartlett's account as a guidebook on their trek west. Map has a professionally repaired small tear along the first fold, two illustrations listed in Volume One are found in Volume II, only one geyser plate and the extra plate of Tucson is in Volume Two. Both volumes are complete as issued. A handsome, bright, attractive set in fine condition.
Inventory Number: 47857