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    "The Foundation of a Library of California"

    Miguel Venegas. Noticia de la California, y de su Conquista Temporal, y Espiritual Hasta el Tiempo Presente.... Madrid: En la Imprenta de la Viuda de Manuel Fernandez, 1757. First edition, intermediate issue (only page 479, Volume 2 misnumbered). Three quarto volumes. [24], 240; [8], 564; [8], 436 pages. Four folding copper-engraved maps as follows: Volume I: "Mapa de la California su golfo, y Provincias Fronteras en el Continente de l Espanà" (approximately 14.75" x 12.25"); Volume 3: "Seno de California, y su Costa Oriental Nuevamente Descubierta, y Registrada Cabo al las Virgenes, Hasta su Termino, que es el Rio Colorado año 1747..." (approximately 12.5" x 11.25"); "Carta de la Mar del Sur, ÒMar Pacifico, entre el Equador..." (approximately 9.25" x 9"); "Mapa de la America Septentl. Asia Oriental y Mar del Sur Intermedio..." (approximately 11.75" x 14"). Early 19th Century forest green leather over marbled boards on pasteboards. Gilt-stamped red and green spine labels. Edges sprinkled. Marbled endpapers. Volume 1 text block cracked at pages 82-83 (but holding), all volumes with small worm holes to endpapers, bumped corners and some scuffing to boards; each volume with the small bookplate of Jean Hersholt on the front pastedown; Volume 2 lacking front free endpaper; interiors clean and bright, a very good set indeed, preserved in worn slipcase and chemise.

    "First attempt at a history of California. Based, by the anonymous editor, Father Andrés Burriel, on Venegas's 1739 MS., but incorporating information from other sources. Volume three of the original Spanish edition contains account of discoveries on the Northwest coast attacking, as fictitious, the then accepted voyages of de Fonte and de Fuca." (Howes).

    References: Cowan, page 238; Graff 4470; Howes V69; Streeter 2433.

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