1848 · Cincinnati
by FURBER, George C.
Cincinnati: J.A. & U.P. James, Walnut Street, 1848. First Edition. Good. 1848. [i-v] vi-xi [1, blank].  14-640 pp., 1 folded map (A New Map of Mexico, California & Oregon; 33.5 x 24.5 cm; first state, with date present), 3 plates, 4 full-page woodcut maps (text illustrations), 14 full-page woodcut scenes (text illustrations). 8vo (23.5 x 15 cm), original tan blind-stamped and embossed sheep showing cavalry and infantry, gilt-lettered black leather spine label, marbled edges (top compartment chipped away, leather worn, hinges cracked and starting, lower board almost detached). Map with 3" tear where bound in; occasional mild foxing. A complete copy, with faults to the leather binding, and priced accordingly. Contemporary ownership inscription on title: "E [...] Guier." NOT ex-library! First edition. Copies in the original deluxe leather binding, as here, are scarce. "A veritable encyclopedia of the military and civil side of the war." (Garrett & Goodwin, p. 214).
"Furber was a private in Company G of the Tennessee Regiment of Cavalry and has given us here one of the best contemporary accounts of Scott's campaigns [...]. The author concludes that Mexico was determined upon war and that her system of peonage was no less brutal than American Slavery." (Tutorow 3610).
According to the Preface, Furber was given leave from active duty to research the book, and actually took subscriptions from his fellow soldiers while the war was still on. He notes that the book was intended originally to have just 550 pages and only six engravings. His extensive remarks on Texas are generally flattering, as are some of the same on Mexico.
The plates and maps, after Furber's own drawings, are at once primitive and charming, including View of the Ruins of the Old Church and Fortifications at Goliad.
Howes F420. Sabin 276217. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 546 & III, pp. 9-10. Connor & Faulk 80.
(Inventory #: 3634)