Auction 119, Lot 366

"Un Passaggio per Terra a California Scoperto dal P. Eusebio Francesco Kino Gesuita Fragli Anni 1698 et 1701", Kino, Eusebio Francisco, SJ

Subject: United States & Mexico

Period: 1731 (published)

Publication: Saggio Delle Transagione Filosofiche Dell Societa Regia…

Color: Black & White

7.5 x 8.8 inches
19.1 x 22.4 cm

This is an uncommon Italian version of Father Kino's important map disproving the theory of California as an island. Kino's map was the first to accurately depict the region, in particular the relative positions of the Colorado and Gila rivers and the correct localization of the rivers, valleys and mountains of part of Sonora and Arizona. Kino's publication, first published in 1705, was intended to disprove the California as an island theory, but instead actually fueled the controversy and thus the map was reprinted many times. This is an essential map to any collection of California or the American Southwest.

References: cf Wheat [TMW] #89; Wagner #483; Schwartz & Ehrenberg plt #75.

Condition: B

A very sharp impression good, strong paper. There is matching paper added at left to extend the margin, which is close but still adequate for framing.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $950

Closed on 5/9/2007