Madrid: Viuda de Manuel Fernandez, 1757. First edition. Hardcover. Three volumes. Small 4tos. (24),240; (8),564; (8),436. Four folding copperplate maps: Vol. 1 contains the Mapa de la California, y su Costa Oriental Nuevamente Descubierta, based on Padre Kino's revolutionary map. Vol. 3 contains three maps: Seno de California; Carta de la Mar del Sur; and Mapa de la America Septentl. etc.
Full limp vellum, early but probably not contemporary; green leather lettering labels, gilt. Vellum lightly soiled and rubbed, labels chipped, old mend to verso of the map in Volume 1 and to the tittle page of Volume 3, occasional light foxing. But overall a lovely set. In Spanish.
The first two volumes were taken from the manuscript of Padre Venegas written between 1734 and 1739. It went unpublished because the Spanish Crown did not want details of New Spain disseminated. But eventually another Jesuit, Padre Burriel, edited the manuscript and added a third volume bringing the work up to date.
The large map in volume 1 based on Kino's 1702 map includes ten captioned vignettes depicting local natives and wildlife, and also the martyrdoms of Frs. Carranco and Tamaral. It is indeed revolutionary as it was the first attempt to end the notion that California was an island. Padre Consag's map, Seno de California, finished the job and is based on his own findings in a 1746 expedition to the mouth of the Colorado. This is the first printing of that map, considered foundational to the cartographic history of the Southwest. As Tooley notes (p. 111), Kino's map was not generally accepted; it was not until Consag confirmed Kino's discovery that caused Ferdinand VII in 1747 to issue a royal decree: California is not an island.
The London edition, issued in 1758, was an abridgment of this work.
Not Arizona 100, but arguably should have been; Kino and his followers are treated in several other numbers of that reference.
Zamorano 80, No. 78. Cowan, p. 238; Howes V69; Palau 358387.
. Fine. Item #20316