CALIFORNIA - Eusebio Francisco KINO (1645-1711), cartographer; and Francisco Maria PICCOLO (1654-1729)
Lettres edifiantes et curieuses, ecrites des missions etrangeres par quelques Missionaires de la Compagnie de Jesus ... [including Piccolo's report on California]
Paris: Le Clerc, 1724. Volume 5, 8vo. (6 1/8 x 3 3/8 inches). 2 engraved folding maps.
Contemporary mottled calf, spine with raised bands, lettered and decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers
Includes an important early Jesuit account of California, illustrated with a noted map by Father Kino.
The fifth volume of the celebrated 34-volume collection of Jesuit Relations, first published between 1702 and 1776 (the present example a second edition), include the Memoire touchant lestat des Missions, nouvellement establies dans la Californie, by Father Francisco Maria Piccolo, usually considered to be the first printed account of California. Piccolo was one of the first Jesuit missionaries in Baja California Sur, New Spain, now Mexico. His letters and reports are important sources for the ethnography and early history of the peninsula. The folding map, Passage par terre a la Californie decouvert par le Rev. pere Eusebe-Francois Kino, was engraved from a copy of Father Kino's original 1701 manuscript (now lost). Kino, Jesuit missionary and traveler, visited Baja California in 1685. He was among the Seris and Pimas in 1690, after which he transferred to northern Sonora, where he remained until his death in 1711. His missionary work in Sonora included expeditions north and west to Arizona. This famous map, which was based on Father Kinos explorations effectively disproved the California as an island myth which had originated in the early years of the seventeenth century.
Cowan (1933), p. 390; Howes L299; Sabin 40697; Wagner, Northwest Coast, 483: Spanish Southwest, 74a.