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A Natural and Civil History of California: Containing an accurate Description of that Country…The Customs… by  Miguel Venegas - First edition in English of the first history of California, whi - 1759 - from Michael R. Thompson, Booksellers, ABAA/ILAB (SKU: 16912)

A Natural and Civil History of California: Containing an accurate Description of that Country…The Customs of the Inhabitants...Together with Accounts of the several Voyages and Attempts made for settling California...Translated from the original Spanish of Miguel Venegas, a Mexican Jesuit, published at Madrid 1758 [sic.]..

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A Natural and Civil History of California: Containing an accurate Description of that Country…The Customs of the Inhabitants...Together with Accounts of the several Voyages and Attempts made for settling California...Translated from the original Spanish of Miguel Venegas, a Mexican Jesuit, published at Madrid 1758 [sic.]..

by Venegas, Miguel

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London: Printed for James Rivington and James Fletcher, 1759 First edition in English of the first history of California, which "gave the English-speaking world its earliest thorough account of the little-known areas of the west coast of North America," (Hill). The original Spanish edition was published in 1757. . Contemporary tree calf neatly rebacked to style preserving the original red and green spine labels. Spine stamped in gilt and with raised bands. Two volumes, octavo. With four engraved plates (including both frontispieces) and a folding map of Baja California. The plates in volume one are "Women of California" and "Men of California" (frontispiece); plus "The Cayote or Fox" and "The Taye or California Deer." The plates in volume two are "The Manner of Curing the Sick in California" and "Sorcerers of California" (frontispiece); plus "The Martyrdom of Father Carranco" and "The Martyrdom of Father Tamaral." Some rubbing to extremities and some light chipping to lower board of volume two. Bookplate of Pacific Voyages collector Kenneth E. Hill on front pastedown and contemporary ink signature to front flyleaf of volume one. Two small contemporary ink signatures to both title-pages. Fresh throughout despite some light offsetting and some toning to last few leaves of volume two. A very good, tight example of the most important early work on Baja California. "First attempt at a history of California. Based, by the anonymous editor, Father Andrés Marcos Burriel, on Venegas's 1739 MS., but incorporating information from other sources," (Cowan). Wagner states that it "contains more on Lower California than almost any other book that had been published in one hundred and fifty years." Cowan considers this work to be "the foundation of a library of Californiana."

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Bookseller
Michael R. Thompson, Booksellers, ABAA/ILAB US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
16912
Title
A Natural and Civil History of California: Containing an accurate Description of that Country…The Customs of the Inhabitants...Together with Accounts of the several Voyages and Attempts made for settling California...Translated from the original Spanish of Miguel Venegas, a Mexican Jesuit, published at Madrid 1758 [sic.]..
Author
Venegas, Miguel
Format/binding
Contemporary tree calf neatly rebacked to style preserving the original red and green spine labels. Spine stamped in gilt and wi
Book condition
Used
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Edition
First edition in English of the first history of California, whi
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Printed for James Rivington and James Fletcher,
Place of Publication
London:
Date Published
1759
Size
Two volumes, octavo
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Two volumes, octavo
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Our office is located in Los Angeles on West Third Street, between the Beverly Center and Farmer's Market. Though we gave up an open shop after more than thirty years, we welcome serious customers and dealers. We are normally open from 10 to 6 Monday through Saturday. Since some of our less expensive books are located in a temperature-controlled storage area offsite, you may want to call ahead of time to insure that the book you want to see will be available. We feature a stock strong in literature, history, Western philosophy, women's studies, education, history of science and fine printing and artists' books. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. We have books from the 15th to the 20th century in all prices ranges. We do appraisals for income tax and insurance purposes. We purchase individual books and libraries. Proprietor: Carol Sandberg

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