Peste [i.e. Budapest, 1858. 175,pp. plus twelve tinted plates including frontis. Modern half morocco and marbled boards. Plates somewhat foxed, contemporary ink note on titlepage, margin trimmed on couple of plates slightly affecting caption, else quite good. Janos Xantus was one of the pioneering ornithologists of California. Involved in the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, he came to the U.S. at the end of 1851 and worked as a topographer on the Pacific Railroad Survey and then as a member of the U.S. Coast Survey. He was stationed in California during the coastal survey, and while there made valuable collections of birds for the Smithsonian Institution, including many new species, some of which were named after him. Later he was attached to the U.S. navy and commanded an expedition to make meteorological observations in certain parts of the Pacific Ocean. During the latter service, which concluded in 1861, he discovered eighty-nine islands and sand banks. He was appointed U.S. consul at Manzanillo, Mexico, and led a scientific research party into the Sierra Madre before permanently returning to his native Hungary in 1864. The present book is one of two Hungarian publications by Xantus, providing an account of his travels in the U.S. The other volume, UTAZAS KALIFORNIA DELI RESZEIBEN, was published in Pest (i.e. Budapest) in 1860. Xantus undertook the journey across North America to California recorded herein in 1856. This volume includes letters written in Nebraska, Fort Laramie, New Orleans, Fort Riley, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc., with notices of Marcy's expedition to the Red River and a rare 19th century account of Hungarians in Texas. Although many bibliographers claim that this work was taken from Marcy's narrative, the borrowed material would appear to be limited primarily to three plates. Contains Wichita and Comanche vocabularies, and plates illustrating a Wichita Indian village and dance, the San Gabriel Mission, Los Angeles, various Indians, and New York's Union Square. Cowan lists this title under the name of the editor, Istvan Prepost. Streeter calls this an "unauthorized" edition of Xantus's letters, asserting that the "authorized" edition is the 1860 title noted above. Not in Pilling or Ayer, despite the linguistic content. HOWES X1, "aa." GRAFF 4784. COWAN, p.500. SABIN 105715. WAGNER-CAMP 316. STREETER SALE 3066. DAB XX, pp.589-90.
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