Lot 238 of 576:
Venegas History of California 1759  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$2,040
Estimate:
$2,000 - $3,000

Title:
A Natural and Civil History of California: Containing an Accurate Description of that Country, Its Soils, Mountains, Harbours, Lakes, Rivers and Seas; Its Animals, Vegetables, Minerals and Famous Fishery for Pearls. The Customs of Inhabitants, Their Religion, Government and Manner of Living before Their Conversion to the Christian Religion by the Missionary Jesuits...
Author:
Venegas, Miguel
Place:
London
Publisher:
James Rivington & James Fletcher
Date:
1759
Description:

2 volumes. [20], 455; [8], 387 pp. 4 engraved plates, each with two images; folding copper-engraved map of California. (8vo) 20.5x12 cm. (8x4¾") period full calf, old rebacking, red and green spine labels. First Edition in English

One of the cornerstones of the study of California history, called the "First attempt at a history of California. Based, by the anonymous editor, Father Andres Marco Burriel, on Venegas 1739 MS., but incorporating information from other sources..." - Howes. Cowan calls the work "the foundation of a library of Californiana." The map, "An Accurate Map of California, drawn by the Society of Jesuits," engraved by J. Gibson for this English edition, is the same as that in the 1757 three-volume Spanish first edition, but without the vignettes surrounding the map. Wheat notes it as "a well-drawn map, showing the missions and Indian towns of Pimeria Alta..." Cowan p.658; Hill, Pacific Voyages, p.307; Howes V69; (Wheat, Transmississippi 138, Vol. I p.85); Zamorano 80 #78.

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Condition:
Bindings rubbed, front cover detached on first volume, hinges cracking, bookplates; irregular creasing to map; very good.
 
Item number:
269374
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