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Emory Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnaissance

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

Engineer and scientist, as well as earning the eventual title of General, William Emory mapped and compiled topographical details of land obtained in the New Mexico and Arizona areas, and Southern California. In Notes of a Military Reconnaissance he not only reported on the terrain, he chronicled details of Native American inhabitation of the lands and societal interactions and in addition identified plant life in these areas. This collection of extraordinary maps and descriptions of the environment was published as a first edition in 1848 (Washington) by Wendell and Van Benthuysen. The large House of Representatives issue in good condition (614 pp.) when included with the large folding map in a separate folder can sell at auction for $2200-2500.  Second Senate issues may fetch $1500 and even mixed issues (House and Senate) can command $1000.

We collected a sample of 38 auction results of Emory, Lieut. Col. William H.'s Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $62 and the highest overall price realized was $3286. The overall average price was $723 and the median price realized for the book was $510. There were 14 auctions (42%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 6 auctions (18%) exceeding the high estimates, and 13 auctions (39%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a PBA sale on December 03, 2015 of a 1848 - Wendell and Van Benthuysen edition for $2040 that described as "fine or nearly so, one of the best copies [we've handled]"; a PBA sale on April 02, 2015 of a 1848 - Wendell and Van Benthuysen edition for $2400 that includes very large folding map not originally included, and a custom case; a Bonhams sale on June 27, 2006 of a 1848 - Wendell edition for $3286 that presentation inscription from Jefferson Davis dated April 16, 1848;

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
PBA December 14, 2017 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $200-$300 $240 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann September 28, 2017 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington 1848 $120-$180 $175 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA September 21, 2017 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $700-$1000 $420 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 20, 2017 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $500-$800 $330 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann November 17, 2016 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington 1848 $400-$600 $406 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams September 25, 2016 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnaissance Washington Wendell 1848 - $150 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA June 16, 2016 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $1000-$1500 $660 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 3, 2015 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $1000-$1500 $2040 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann September 17, 2015 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers MRS Washington 1848 $500-$750 $390 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA September 3, 2015 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $400-$600 $480 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 2, 2015 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $1000-$1500 $2400 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 4, 2014 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $800-$1200 $480 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams May 11, 2014 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnaissance Washington Wendell 1848 - $225 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA January 16, 2014 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $250-$350 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA September 12, 2013 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $500-$800 $540 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 24, 2013 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $1000-$1500 $1020 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams August 19, 2012 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnaissance Washington Wendell 1848 - $62 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA June 7, 2012 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $300-$500 $360 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 14, 2012 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnaissance Washington Wendell 1848 - $750 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA October 20, 2011 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 21, 2011 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $500-$800 $780 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA July 22, 2010 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $1000-$1500 $960 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA July 1, 2010 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $700-$1000 $420 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 26, 2009 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $700-$1000 $720 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann June 5, 2008 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington 1848 $400-$600 $660 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA April 17, 2008 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $1000-$1500 $1440 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 19, 2006 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $500-$800 $660 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 27, 2006 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnaissance Washington Wendell 1848 - $3286 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA December 15, 2005 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $150-$250 $96 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 20, 2005 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $700-$1000 $1560 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA June 30, 2005 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $500-$800 $390 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 10, 2005 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $400-$600 $660 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 8, 2004 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $600-$900 $600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 12, 2002 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $700-$1000 $600 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann October 10, 2002 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington 1848 $500-$750 $374 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA March 14, 2002 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $600-$900 $450 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 10, 2002 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $600-$900 $1320 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 11, 2001 Emory, Lieut. Col. William H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers Washington Wendell and Van Benthuysen 1848 $1000-$1500 $1080 PBA Copies for Sale