[SCRAPBOOK]. A unique scrapbook documenting the Mexican-American War, covering the period March 1, 1846, to September 20, 1847. 116 leaves, almost all with three columns of newspaper clippings; 10 maps are included with the text of the articles. 4to (31 x 24.5 cm), contemporary three-quarter black leather over moiré cloth. Binding worn, joints open but holding. Age toning and slight wrinkling to leaves from adhesive, but otherwise the contents are fine.
An interesting artifact from the Mexican-American War documenting popular interest in the progress of riveting events obviously compiled on a day-by-day chronological basis. Opening with Thornton’s Skirmish, the articles are all devoted to diplomatic, economic, and especially military topics relating to the Mexican-American War, from at least three New York newspapers (the majority from The Journal of Commerce, with selections from The Morning Express, and occasional clips from The Herald). A very clear example of news distribution as covered in Tom Reilly, War with Mexico! America’s Reporters Cover the Battlefront (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2010). A fine, concrete example of the deep interest generated in the American public by the war.