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Auction 172, Lot 286

Father Kino's Important Map of California

"A Passage by Land to California Discover'd by the Rev. Father Eusebius Francis Kino Jesuite Between ye Years 1698 and 1701 [with text]", Kino, Eusebio Francisco, SJ

Subject: Southwestern United States & Mexico

Period: 1721 (published)

Publication: The Philosophical Transactions from the Year 1700 to the Year 1720

Color: Black & White

8 x 9.1 inches
20.3 x 23.1 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. Plate XVI, Part IV, P. 211 is in the upper left border. A scarce map that is essential to any collection of California or the American Southwest.

Accompanying the map are the disbound title page, dedication, and 4 pages of text describing California (pp. 211-214).

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

Condition: A

Issued folding with a hint of toning along the sheet edges.

Estimate: $950 - $1,200

Sold for: $700

Closed on 4/17/2019