Kino's Historical Memoir of Pimeria Alta, a Contemporary Account of the Beginnings of California, Sonora, and Arizona, By Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J., Pioneer Missionary Explorer, Cartographer, and Ranchman 1683-1711

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Author: Bolton, Herbert Eugene (1870–1953) signed

Year: 1919

Publisher: Arthur H Clark Co

Place: Cleveland

Description:

2 volumes: 379 pages with frontispiece, three maps and plans; 328 pages with frontispiece, plate, map and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/4") issued in maroon cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Head page ends in gilt with deckeled fore-edge. Signed by Bolton. Spain in the West volumes 3 and 4. Limited to 750 copies. First editions.

Eusebio Francisco Kino, c.1644–1711, missionary explorer in the American Southwest, was born Segno, in the Tyrol. He was in 1669 admitted to the Jesuit order. A distinguished mathematician, he observed the comet of 1680–81 at Cádiz, publishing his results in his Exposición astronómica de el [sic] cometa (1681). He arrived as a missionary in New Spain in 1681 and was appointed royal cosmographer to accompany the expedition to colonize Lower California. When the settlement in Southern California was abandoned, he went to Pimería Alta (now N Sonora and S Arizona), where he labored as a missionary, explorer, and colonizer until his death. He made more than 50 journeys from his base, the mission of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores in Sonora, frequently with only Native American guides as companions. He established agriculture at the missions he founded and brought in cattle, horses, and sheep; he distributed cattle and seed grain among the Native Americans. In 1701–2 he made two expeditions down the Colorado, on the second reaching the head of the Gulf and proving anew that California was not an island. He was the first to map Pimería Alta on the basis of actual exploration, and his map, published in 1705, and many times reproduced, remained the basis for maps of the region until the 19th century. His valuable historical and autobiographical chronicle, Favores celestiales, was edited by H. E. Bolton as Kino's Historical Memoir of Pimería Alta (1919)

Condition:

Previous owner's book plate to front paste downs, and name's on end papers. Signed by Bolton on front end paper volume 2. A very good to fine set.

SOLD 2013

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