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A PASSAGE BY LAND TO CALIFORNIA DISCOVER'D - [Kino, Francisco Eusebio] - 1731. 
[London, 1731. Engraved map, 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches. In fine condition. [Bound following p.192, part 2, in:] Jones, Henry: THE PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS (FROM THE YEAR 1700 TO THE YEAR 1720.) ABRIDG'D AND DISPOS'D UNDER GENERAL HEADS. VOL. V.... London. 1731. ,435,268,pp., plus many folding plates. Contemporary calf, raised bands, paper label. Quarto. Binding heavily rubbed, hinges cracked but held by cords. Occasional spotting or light tanning. Good plus. In a folding cloth box, gilt leather label. This is the second English edition of Kino's important map of California, which finally debunked the concept of California as an island - a theory that had dominated cartographic representations for more than a century. The map also accurately depicts the lower California region, giving correct positions of the Colorado River, the Gila River, the Sonoran desert, and much of present- day Arizona. "Kino's map exerted a great influence on contemporary cartography" - Wheat. The map first appeared in French in 1705, and then in English in 1708, in a volume of the PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS. It was published in that series again in this volume for 1731, accompanied by an extract from the report of Jesuit Francisco Maria Piccolo, "Of a Passage by Land to California, and a Description of that Country." Piccolo's report was first published in Mexico in 1702, and is usually considered the first printed account of California. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 89 (ref). WAGNER, SPANISH SOUTHWEST 74a (note). WAGNER, NORTHWEST COAST 483 (ref). SCHWARTZ & EHRENBERG, plate 75.
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