Crockett at the Alamo
Smith, Richard Penn, 1799-1854,
Col. Crockett's exploits and adventures in Texas . . . including many
hair-breadth escapes; . . . Written by himself. The narrative brought
down from the death of Col. Crockett to the battle of San Jacinto, by
Philadelphia: T. K. and P. G. Collins,
1836. Modern cloth.
The preface to this
pseudo-autobiography of Davy Crockett (1786-1836), of Alamo fame, is
signed by an Alex. J. Dumas, who claims that he received Crockett's
manuscript from a Charles T. Beale, who wrote the final chapter, but
the work is generally ascribed to Richard Penn Smith. Santa Anna’s
successful siege of San Antonio and the Alamo in March 1835 led almost
immediately to Mexican defeat and Mexico’s loss of Texas.
Santa Anna’s own manual of Military Law
Azcárate, Miguel María de.
Catecismo practico criminal de juicios militares.
Mexico: Imprenta del aguila, dirigida
por J. Ximeno, 1834. Contemporary tree calf. Gift of Harry L.
A pencil inscription on the front
endpaper reads "This book was taken from the private dwelling of
President Santa Anna, Mexico--by Major Winslow A. Sanderson U.S.
Army and presented to his uncle Gilbert Meiggs." Antonio Lopez de
Santa Anna (1794-1876) was at the centre of Mexican politics from the
1820's to the 1850's, as military leader and coup leader, serving as
president no less than eleven times. He was president when Mexico was
defeated by the U.S. in 1846-47, with the loss of Texas and New
Mexico, and president yet again when large areas of northern territory
were sold in 1853 (the Gadsden Purchase).
A portrait of Santa Anna
Frontispiece to Wilson, Robert
Mexico and its religion; with incidents of travel in that country
during parts of the years 1851-52-53-54.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1855.
An American Guide to Mexico in 1846
Description of the republic of
Mexico, including its physical and moral features, geography,
agriculture, products, manufactures, etc. Illustrated by a map, in
which is included smaller maps of the valley of Mexico, and the fields
of Palo Alto, and Resaca de la Palma.
Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait &
Co., 1846. Original embossed cloth. Bookplate of John Paul Stratton.
Texas acceded to the United States in
1845, and this map shows the extensive territory then still part of
Mexico that would soon be lost in the Mexican-American war of
The United States of Mexico in 1847
Mapa de los Estados Unidos de
Nueva York: Disturnell, 1847.
Facsimile of the copy added to the
Treaty of Guadaloupe Hidalgo of February 2 1848, reproduced in 1935
from the original in the Department of State. Courtesy of the Map
Library, Thomas Cooper Library.
Texas’s application for annexation
into the Union had been ratified by the U.S. in December 1845, leading
to the Mexican-American War of 1846-47. The Treaty of Guadaloupe
Hidalgo signed February 2, 1848, annexed Upper California, New Mexico,
and other border territories into the United States.
Popular American Account of the Mexican-American War
Complete History of the Late
Mexican War Containing an Authentic Account of All the Battles Fought
in that Republic Including the Treaty of Peace . . . Illustrated with
Fifteen Beautiful Engravings, by an Eye-Witness.
New York: F.J. Dow, 1850. Original
cloth with water damage. Bookplate of Clint T. Graydon.
This is one of the books rescued
following the devastating fire that destroyed most of Mr. Gus Graydon’s outstanding historical library.
Scott at Vera Cruz
Frost, John, 1800-1859.
Pictorial history of Mexico and the
Mexican war: comprising an account of the ancient Aztec empire, the
conquest by Cortes, Mexico under the Spaniards, the Mexican
revolution, the republic, the Texan war, and the recent war with the
Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait and
Co., for J.A. Bill, 1849. Donated by Prof. Charles R. Mack, 2004.
This chromolithograph illustrates the
bombardment of Vera Cruz in 1847 by the U.S. under General Winfield
Two Views of the French Intervention
Elton, James Frederick.
French in Mexico.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1867. Original green cloth.
And: Circulares y otras
publicaciones hechas por la Legacion mexicana en Washington, durante
la guerra de intervencion,
1862-1867. 2 vols.
Mexico: Imprenta del gobierno,
J. M. Sandoval, 1868. Contemporary quarter calf. Bookplate of
South Carolina College Library.
In 1861, with support from
Britain and Spain, the French government sent an expeditionary force
to protect European financial interests in Mexico. From 1864-67,
with French support, Prince Maximilian of Austria was Emperor of
Mexico. Initially liberal, he became increasingly
isolated; following the defeat and withdrawal of French troops in
1867, Maximilian was executed by the popular government under Benito
American Account of Modernization
Ober, Frederick A. (Frederick Albion),
Travels in Mexico and life among the Mexicans.
Boston: Estes & Lauriat, 1885.
Original gold pictorial cloth.
The last quarter of the nineteenth
century brought increased political stability under President Porfirio
Diaz, and also greatly increased foreign investment, both in railways,
and in the extraction of oil and other raw materials. Diaz initially
came to power as a non-reelectionist, but held the office for eight
Mexican Revolution of 1910-1913
Fernández Rojas, José.
La revolucion mexicana de Porfirio Diaz a Victoriano Huerta,
1910-1913; obra histórica escrita en colaboración con los señores Luis
Melgarejo, Antonio Melgarejo y otros distinguidos articulistas.
México: F. P. Rojas, 1913. Rebound.
In November 1910 Francesco Madero
issued a call for armed insurrection against Diaz’s continuing rule.
Madero was murdered in 1913 by a conservative counter-revolution under
General Huerta. President Woodrow Wilson’s administration backed in
turn Huerta, the bandit Pancho Villa, and then the constitutional
government of Venustiano Carranza (1845-1916), before invading Mexico
on a punitive expedition against their former ally.
Map of Mexico prepared especially
for the National Geographic Magazine.
Washington, DC: National Geographic
Society, 1916. Courtesy of the Map Library, Thomas
This map was
issued to help the National Geographic’s readers follow developments
in the Mexican American War of 1916-1917. In the aftermath of the
Mexican Revolution of 1910, Woodrow Wilson responded with a variety of
diplomatic and military actions, including landing marines at Vera
Cruz in 1914, backing Pancho Villa in internal Mexican politics in
1914-1915, before switching backing to President Carranza, and sending
much of the U.S. Army into Mexico in 1916 on an (unsuccessful)
punitive expedition led by General Pershing, following Villa’s border
raid into New Mexico.