• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 257

    VENEGAS, Miguel (1680-1764). A Natural and Civil History of California, containing an accurate Descriptoin of that Country, its Soil, Mountains, Harbours, Lakes, Rivers, and Seas; its Animals Vegetables, Minerals, and famous Fishery for Pearls. London: for James Rivington and James Fletcher, 1759.

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    VENEGAS, Miguel (1680-1764). A Natural and Civil History of California, containing an accurate Descriptoin of that Country, its Soil, Mountains, Harbours, Lakes, Rivers, and Seas; its Animals Vegetables, Minerals, and famous Fishery for Pearls. London: for James Rivington and James Fletcher, 1759.

    2 volumes, 8o (194 x 121 mm). Engraved folding map and 4 engraved plates (with 8 subjects) (map torn and laid down, some light browning). Contemporary calf (rebacked, corners repaired).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of the first attempt at a history of California which remains one of the most important and accurate accounts. "The work of Father Venegas is undoubtedly the most faithful narration we possess, regarding the original condition of the Indians of any part of North America, connected with the history of their gradual progress towards civilization and Christianity" (Field). The manuscript of Father Venegas was found in Madrid in 1749. In the appendices at the end of volume II are: descriptions of the coast of California, by Gomara; Narrative of the voyage of Captain Sebastian Vizcaino in 1602; the Account of the voyage of father Fernando Coursay; a description of California by Captain Woods Rogers; and an extract of some passages on Anson's voyage. Cowan p.658; Cox II, 127; Field p. 405; Hill p.307; Howes 10609; Sabin 98845. (2)


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