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Auction 150, Lot 310

Father Kino's Important Map of California

"A Passage by Land to California Discover'd by ye Rev. Fathr. Eusebius Francis Kino Jesuite Between ye Year 1698 & 1701", Kino, Eusebio Francisco, SJ

Subject: Southwestern United States & Mexico

Period: 1721 (circa)

Publication: The Philosophical Transactions

Color: Black & White

7.8 x 7.8 inches
19.8 x 19.8 cm
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This is an English version of Father Kino's important map that disproved the theory that California is an island. This was the first map to accurately depict the region, in particular the relative positions of the Colorado and Gila rivers and the correct location of the rivers, valleys and mountains of part of Sonora and Arizona. Kino's publication, first issued in 1705, was intended to disprove the island theory, but instead actually fueled the controversy and thus the map was reprinted many times. This scarce map is essential to any collection of California or the American Southwest. This version was engraved by Hulett. Plate IX, Vol. V, P. 2 page 192 is in the upper left border.

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

Condition: B+

A good impression with a few spots of foxing at top, and the left margin has been extended to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/17/2014