Description[Alfred Robinson.] Life in California. New York: 1846. [with:] Geronimo Boscana. Chinigchinich; New York: 1846. First editions.
[Alfred Robinson.] Life in California. During a Residence of Several Years in that Territory. Comprising a Description of the Country and the Missionary Establishments with Incidents, Observations, etc., etc. Illustrated with numerous engravings. By an American. To Which is Annexed a Historical Account of the Origin, Customs, and Traditions, of the Indians of Alta-California. Translated from the Original Spanish Manuscript. New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1846. [Bound together with:] Geronimo Boscana. [Translated by Alfred Robinson.] Chinigchinich; A Historical Account of the Origin, Customs, and Traditions of the Indians at the Missionary Establishment of St. Juan Capistrano, Alta California; Called the Acagchemem Nation; Collected with the Greatest Care, from the Most Intelligent and Best Instructed in the Matter. . . Translated from the original Spanish manuscript by one who was many years a resident of Alta California. New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1846. First edition. Twelvemo. [xiv], 226 (Robinson), 227-341 (Boscana), [1, blank] pages. Nine inserted plates, including one as frontispiece to each work. Publisher's finely-ribbed brown cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Original patterned endpapers. Top edge stained brown. Worn at extremities, joints slightly starting, and ink inscription on preliminary leaf. Light to moderate foxing, a bit heavier in a few places, but still a very good copy of this famous book. Housed in a brown cloth chemise and slipcase. From the collection of California bibliophile Melba Berry Bennett.
"These two works were issued together, being paged continuously. Alfred Robinson, the author and translator, came to California in 1829. His book is well known, and is one of the most useful sources of authority of its time. The volume contains a portrait of Father Boscana, and eight plates, among which are views of several of the missions, and one of Yerba Buena as it appeared when a primitive settlement" (Cowan).
Zamorano 80: 65. Cowan, p.193. Howes R-363. Sabin 72048. Streeter 2512.
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