"Kino and the Cartography of Northwestern New Spain", Burrus, Ernest J.
Period: 1965 (published)
Color: Printed Color
10.4 x 14.2 inches
26.4 x 36.1 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. Signed by the author. A very handsome book with uncut, deckle-edged paper. Hardbound in red cloth with compass rose in gilt on front cover and text on spine. 104 pp, bibliography and index.
Contents are good with some light soiling along the edges of some of the pages. Covers are lightly soiled with minor shelf wear.