[CALIFORNIA]. Alta California: Embracing Notices of the Climate, Soil, and Agricultural Products of Northern Mexico and the Pacific Seaboard: Also, a History of the Military and Naval Operations of the United States Directed Against the Territories of Northern Mexico, in the Year 1846-1847. With Documents Declaratory of the Policy and Present Administration of the National Government in Regard to the Annexation of the Conquered Territory to This Union. And the Opinion of the Hon. James Buchanan on the Wilmot Proviso, &c. By a Captain of Volunteers. Philadelphia: H. Packer & Co., Publishers. Sold by the Booksellers Generally, 1847. [1-7] 8-64 pp. 8vo (23.5 x 15 cm), original brown printed wrappers, stitched. Spine and wrappers chipped with loss, lower wrap separated, vertical crease. Interior fine.
First edition. Barrett 33. Bradford 730. Cowan II, p. 13. Garrett & Goodwin, pp. 4-5 (imperfect). Howell 42:559. Howes C37. Streeter Sale 2515.
Anti-annexation tract with pro-slavery overtones, reproducing military correspondence including several reports relating to the occupation of California by U.S. troops, proclamations by Captains Sloat and Stockton, and communications from San Diego and Los Angeles by Stephen Kearny. The text breaks into description and resources (pp. 9-12) and history and documentation (pp. 13-64).