3 volumes bound in 2. 12mo., (6 4/8 x 3 5/8 inches). Half-titles. Fine folding engraved map of California (short tear at mount), woodcut and typographic initials and head- and tailpieces. Contemporary French mottled calf, spines in six compartments with five raised bands, with red and citron morocco lettering-pieces in the second and third, the others decorated with small gilt pomegranate tools edges (a bit rubbed).
First edition in French and A FINE AND ATTRACTIVE COPY. First published in Madrid in 1757: the earliest history of California. The work was widely disseminated during the decade following its publication through translations into English, French, Dutch and German. It remains one of the primary printed sources of the region's early colonial history. Attributed to Marc Antoine Eidous, the present "rather precise" French translation (Wagner) was made from the 1759 English version of the text. Venegas's name is nowhere mentioned, and the translation omits Appendices 6 and 7, De Lisle's Mémoire, and the account of the voyage of Admiral Fonte. The map of California reproduces the frontispiece map of the original edition, without the ten decorative border vignettes of the original. A variant issue of this edition is recorded, with the first title-page dated 1766. Howes V-69; Wagner, Spanish Southwest 132b; Hill 1769; Sabin 98843. Catalogued by Kate Hunter