Mexico City: 1847. pp. Folio. 20th-century dyed calf, front board gilt lettered. Previously folded, with some creasing and small separation at old horizontal fold. Light tanning, scattered staining and soiling. About very good. Item #1816
Very scarce Spanish translation of General Zachary Taylor's official report to the United States Army on the Battle of Buena Vista. The account comprises a concise, blow-by-blow narrative of the engagement, with additional remarks on maneuvers and decisions made by Taylor and on the opposing Mexican forces. This translation, printed on a newspaper press in Mexico City at the end of May 1847, approximately two months after the battle took place, was used by supporters of Santa Anna to counteract claims of cowardice and insufficient zeal in the Mexican army by his domestic detractors. Indeed, Taylor devotes a good portion of his report to the desperate fighting at the American center and right flanks, and a postscript by one of Santa Anna's aides, Manuel Maria Gimenez, denounces the critics and argues that the report shows that even the Americans respected the courage and tenacity of the Mexican soldiers. Printed on rather weak newsprint and a rare survivor as a result; OCLC locates only four copies, at UT Arlington, Yale, Berkeley, and the Sutro Library.
Eberstadt 834. Sloan 7:317 (this copy).