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Alexander Forbes — California: A History of Upper and Lower California with an appendix relating to Steam Navigation in the Pacific



California: A History of Upper and Lower California with an appendix relating to Steam Navigation in the Pacific California: A History of Upper and Lower California with an appendix relating to Steam Navigation in the Pacific



London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1839., 1839. 8vo., (8 6/8 x 5 4/8 inches). Errata slip at page 339. Lithographic frontispiece portrait of Father Antonio Peyri, and 9 plates after William Smyth, a fine large folding map "The Coasts of Guatimala and Mexico, from Panama to Cape Mendocino; with the Principal Harbours in California. 1839" outlined in original hand-color EXCEPTIONALLY FINE. Original plum cloth. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Emily Meredith Read Spencer on the front paste-down. "THE FIRST BOOK IN ENGLISH TO RELATE EXCLUSIVELY TO CALIFORNIA" (Hill). First edition, and an extremely fine and attractive copy, from the library of Emily Meredith Read Spencer a " Bostonian, blue-blooded descendant of the famed Puritan William Bradford" (Seven Hills Inn online). "The book was written from descriptions furnished by Forbe's agents in California, for he did not see California until long after the publication of the work. Forbes was a partner of Barron, Forbes & Company of Tepic, Mexico, owners of the New Almaden mine in California" (Hill). The inset maps are of the harbors of Bodega, San Francisco, San Diego, Monterey, Santa Barbara and San Pedro. The plates include views of Monterey Bay, San Francisco Harbour, San Carlos Mission, Carmel Bay, and cultural scenes. Cowan I, p. 88. Cowan II, p. 217. Graff 1377; Hill, 619; Howes F242; Streeter Sale 2491.
 

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