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1 Fidalgo of Elvas. The Discovery of Florida, Being a True Relation of the Vicissitudes That Attended the Governor Don Hernando de Soto and Some Nobles of Portugal in the Discovery of Florida. Now Just Given by a Fidalgo of Elvas.
San Francisco: Printed at the Grabhorn Press for the Book Club of California, 1946 First Edition, thus Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 280 copies, printed in hand-set Franciscan type by Robert and Jane Grabhorn and printed on handmade paper from France - press work by Edwin Grabhorn and Sherwood Grover. Translation by Buckingham Smith, with a new Introduction by George P. Hammond. Folio. 13 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches. (viii), (108) pp. 48 wood-cuts in red, yellow and black designed by Mallette Dean including coat of arms on the title page, initials, and special printer's device; text clean, unmarked. White cloth spine, decorative paper over boards, sprinted paper spine label; binding square and tight, shelf wear and soiling, some offsetting to end-papers. Very Good. This volume contains the most detailed and carefully written account of the explorations of Hernando de Soto (1496-1542), Governor of Florida, who set out to explore Florida in 1539. This work remains "one of the most authentic narratives of De Soto's great exploit." From the Introduction. The account was first published in Evora, Portugal in 1557, fourteen years after the survivors reached Mexico. The author was a soldier in De Soto's army, but chose to conceal his name, and thus remains completely anonymous. Hernando de Soto led the first European expedition into the modern-day southeastern United States, ranging over Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas, and was the first European to cross the Mississippi River. One of the Fifty Books of the Year and included in the Rounce & Coffin Club's Western Books Exhibition. REFERENCES: Magee, The Hundredth Book, No. 65; Magee and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1940-1956, No. 432. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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A Voyage Round the World; But More Particularly to the North-West Coast of America: Performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, in the King George and Queen Charlotte, Captains Portlock and Dixon.  Dedicated, by Permission, to Sir Joseph Banks, Bart.  By Captain George Dixon., William Beresford (fl. 1788).
2 William Beresford (fl. 1788). A Voyage Round the World; But More Particularly to the North-West Coast of America: Performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, in the King George and Queen Charlotte, Captains Portlock and Dixon. Dedicated, by Permission, to Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. By Captain George Dixon.
London: Geo. Goulding, 1789 Second Edition Hardcover Collectible: Acceptable Hardcover 
SECOND EDITION. 4to. [iii]-xxix, [iii (including 1 blank, errata, and Directions to the Binder)], 360, 1-47, [1 blank] pp. Gathering D in the appendix at the end is mis-bound, but the entire Appendix is present. 15 of 22 plates present, many mis-bound out of sequence, the plates include 4 folding maps, but LACKS the folding frontispiece; the title-page is torn at the head of the gutter with repairs, paper is toned and spotted, ink spots and smudge at page 262, corner of p. 305 torn away without loss of text, pencilling on the Directions to the Binder page, corners stained on the first and last few leaves. Originally bound with half calf, marbled paper over boards, the spine was re-backed at some point, but the whole thing is now very heavily worn with boards showing through at the edges, spine is gilt titled and ruled with a black leather spine label, the front hinge is broken and is held together only by the leather spine covering, all held together with a thick clear plastic dust-jacket. Ownership blind-stamp of Theodore J. Hoover on the title-page. Also, bookplates of Hoover and The Dorling's Library (manuscript) inserted in an envelope loosely laid-in. Sold AS IS. William Beresford was a Quaker who served as supercargo aboard the 200-ton Queen Charlotte, George Dixon (1748-1795), commander. While Dixon edited, provided the introduction, the appendixes, and the maps for this volume, most of the text consists of a series of forty-nine letters written by Beresford. They make good reading and are an excellent source on the early days of fur trading in the Pacific Northwest. Beresford's text is here complete and provides a salty sea-tale for those who enjoy the genre. PROVENANCE: Theodore Jesse Hoover (1871-1955) was the brother of President Herbert Hoover. Theodore Hoover graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Geology and Mining in 1901. In 1911 Hoover entered private practice as a consulting mining and metallurgical engineer with offices in London and San Francisco. His private practice was very successful; Hoover held positions of consulting engineer, managing director, director, and president of many mining companies in America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. T. J. Hoover could have purchased any copy of any book he wanted, but instead he bought this ragged dog of a book. And now, you can own it too! REFERENCES: Hill states: "The second edition … is not to be determined by internal points … but must have 'second edition' printed on the title page." Hill (2nd ed.) 117 (first edition); Sabin 20364. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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