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Auction 115, Lot 305

"California per P. Ferdinandum Consak S. I. et alias", Baeger, Jacob

Subject: United States & Mexico

Period: 1773 (published)

Publication: Nachricten von der Amerikanischen Halbinsel Californien

Color: Hand Color

7 x 8.7 inches
17.8 x 22.1 cm

This is an extremely rare map based on Father Consag's map and published in Baeger's important history of the Baja. The explorations made by Father Consag in 1746 finally settled the question of the insularity of California. His description of the Gulf of California and the mouth of the Colorado River received wide publicity through the work of Miguel Venegas, which contained a similar map with more political detail but less topographical information. This map was issued by Jacob Baegert, a German Jesuit missionary in California from 1751 until the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1768. Baegert's work disputed much of Venegas' ethnographic information and painted the Baja as a hostile land of deserts, dangerous animals and untrustworthy inhabitants. This map shows excellent topographical detail and identifies a number of missions and other details. It is embellished with decorative title cartouche featuring a crocodile.


Condition: A

Issued folding with normal binding trim at right leaving a narrow by adequate margin with a tiny binding tear not entering map. Tiny bit of soil, but overall very good.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $850

Closed on 6/21/2006