Washington D.C.: Cornelius Wendell, 1857, 1859. Illustrated (all plates present as called for).
First edition. Four volumes: One copy of volume I (parts I&II)Senate version, one copy of volume I (parts I&II) Congress version, Volume II, parts I and II. The pastedown in volume I (Senate) has two old ink inscriptions; one probably inscribed by an aide to General Sumner “S. Cabot Jr. 17 Winter St. from Hon. Charles Sumner U.S.S.” and the other “William H. Burges El Paso, Texas, May 1895” in purple ink. Burges (1867-1946) was a civic leader and attorney in El Paso, who represented Tillie Howard, famous El Paso Madam, and was a great friend of Mar Ben Chew, a local Chinese leader, and often traveled to the federal court in San Antonio to defend El Paso citizens charged under the Chinese Exclusion Act. He also handled various Rio Grande boundary suits and legal disputes growing out of the Mexican Revolution. After 1897 he was associated with William W. Turney in the law firm of Turney and Burges, and became a dominant figure in the small group that controlled the politics of El Paso.
Quarto, Volume I (Senate) rebacked, original marbled boards, Volume I (Congress) original blindstamped maroon cloth, Volume II, parts I and II rebound in brown library cloth. Some wear to volume I (Senate), library stamps on edges and terminal pastedown; volume I (Congress) cloth with some fading, some damp staining and browning of interior, 1 page loose but present, library stamps on edges and several pages; Volume II with some age toning.