RELACION DEL VIAGE HECHO POR LAS GOLETAS SUTIL Y MEXICANA EN EL AÑO DE 1792 PARA RECONOCER EL ESTRECHO DE FUCA...
by Espinosa y Tello, Jose
Madrid: La Imprenta Real, 1802. Text volume: ,clxviii,185pp. plus folding letterpress table. Folio atlas: Title-leaf, contents leaf, nine engraved maps (four folding), and eight engraved plates (two folding). Text: Quarto. Contemporary calf, spine gilt. Moderate edge wear, rubbing to gilt on spine. Small 19th-century bookplate on front pastedown. Small, unobtrusive ownership stamp on titlepage, minor occasional foxing. Atlas: Folio. Contemporary marbled wrappers, sewn. Very good. in matching half morocco boxes. An important Spanish voyage to Nootka Sound and the Northwest Coast. The two ships, Sutil and Mexicana, were associated with the Malaspina expedition, but pursued a separate course and made their own observations. The first part of the text is a review by Martin Fernandez Navarrete of all Spanish voyages to the Northwest Coast, deemed by Lada-Mocarski "unsurpassed in importance." The second part, the actual account of the expedition, is by Jose Cardero, the expedition artist. The ships made a complete survey of the shore at the east end of the strait of Juan de Fuca on the coast of present-day British Columbia, arriving at Nootka Sound in the spring of 1792 and working through the summer. The atlas contains some notable maps and plates. The maps show the California coast from Baja to the northwest, Vancouver Island and the waters around it, the coast of Alaska and British Columbia, a more detailed map of California from Cape San Lucas to Cape Mendicino, the port of San Diego, Monterey Bay, Nootka, and two more bays near Juan de Fuca. The plates include two wonderful folding illustrations of scenes at Nootka showing native houses, boats, and scenery; two portraits of Nootka chiefs; a plate of the famous shaman prayer box; and two plates of native woodcarving. A work of the greatest rarity (rated "dd" by Howes, his highest level of rarity), one of the scarcest of Pacific voyages, and the last great Spanish exploration of the Northwest Coast. HOWES G18, "dd." HILL 570. LADA-MOCARSKI 56. STREETER SALE 2459. WAGNER NORTHWEST COAST 252, 861. GRAFF 1262. PALAU 82853, 82854. REESE & MILES, CREATING AMERICA 98. SABIN 69221.
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