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A Natural and Civil History of California - VENEGAS, Miguel (1680-1764) - 1759. 
James Rivington & James Fletcher, London 1759 - VENEGAS, Miguel (1680-1764) A Natural and Civil History of California: Containing an Accurate Description of that Country, its Soil, Mountains, Harbours, Lakes, Rivers, and Seas, its Animals, Vegetables, Minerals¿Together with Accounts of the Several Voyages and Attempts Made for Settling California ¿The First English Translation Gave the English-Speaking World its Earliest Account of the Little Known Areas of the West Coast of North America¿ (Hill) In researching this history, Venegas employed the highest level of historical methodology, collecting original manuscripts, annual reports, viceregal documents, memoirs, and letters of Fathers Salvatierra, Eusebio, Francisco Kino, Sigismundo Taraval, Juan de Ugarte, and numerous other missionaries in California and Sonora. The published work even though different from his original format provides early and valuable insights into the geography, native inhabitants, and the Jesuits work with the native population. Venegas¿ work, the first real history of the mysterious California, was in high demand and was published from the original Spanish into English, Dutch, French and German. London: James Rivington & James Fletcher, First Edition in English, 1759, Two Volumes: 455, 387pages, Contemporary full speckled calf, beautifully re-spine with Moroccan title labels and raised bands. First published map showing lower California connected to mainland instead of as an island. Superior copper-engraved map is neatly folded, bound at page 12 of Volume 1. Text is exceptionally clean. Eight copper-engraved plates on 4 leaves (many copies only have 2 leaves) Illustrations: 1. Women of California, 2. Men of California, 3. The Coyote or Fox 4. The taye or California Deer, 5. The Manner of Curing the Sick 6. Sorcerers of California 7. The Martyrdom of Father Carranco, 8. The Martyrdom of Father Tamaral. Very clean original preliminaries and edges lightly sprinkled. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of William Cunningham Esq. of Craigens. Sloan: Volkmann Zamorano 80: Number 78. An Exceptionally Clean First English Edition of this Important Work $5,000 [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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