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Auction 164, Lot 799

"Kino and the Cartography of Northwestern New Spain", Burrus, Ernest J.

Subject: References

Period: 1965 (published)


Color: Printed Color

10.4 x 14.1 inches
26.4 x 35.8 cm

An important work on early mapping of the American Southwest and a full-length study of Kino's work as a scientific cartographer. It identifies thirty-one maps by Kino, three reproduced here for the first time. First edition, limited to 750 copies designed and printed by Lawton and Alfred Kennedy. Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645 - 1711) was a Jesuit missionary who explored Pimeria Alta (northern Sonora and southern Arizona) and founded several missions in the region. His map of Baja California, "Passage par terre a la Californie," published in Paris in 1705, was the first to depict the Gila River, the Colorado River, and southern Arizona, based on first-hand observation. He is credited with putting an end to the myth of California being an island. Small folio, 17 map plates (3 in color), 2 portrait renditions, 4 plates from Scherer's Atlas Novus. Hardbound in red cloth with compass rose in gilt on front cover and text on spine, protected by Mylar. 104 pp, bibliography and index. A very handsome book in red cloth and with uncut, deckle-edged paper.


Condition: A

Near fine except for some minor shelf wear.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/13/2017