Sebastian Vizcaino (1548-1624).
Title The Voyage of Sebastian Vizcaino to the Coast of California, together with a Map & Sebastian Vizcaino's Letter Written at Monterey, December 28, 1602.
Book Condition Collectible: Very Good
Jacket Condition None
Edition First Edition, thus.
Publisher San Francisco, CA: Book Club of California, 1933
Illustrator Arvilla Parker.
Seller ID GG217-008
Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 45. LIMITED EDITION of 240 copies printed in handset Franciscan type designed especially for the Grabhorn Press by Frederic Goudy on mold made Van Gelder paper. This is the first book in which the Franciscan type was used for a complete text of a book. 8vo. 9 x 6 inches. [vi], (52) pp. Title-page with a ship vignette in red, Foreword by Oscar Lewis, first word of Lewis' Forward and Vizcaino letter of 1602 and 3 section headpieces by Arvilla Parker printed in red, 1 large folding map of the coast of California, ship vignette in black on colophon; text clean, unmarked, small tear to the map at the gutter. Beige linen spine, blue paper over boards with a dolphin printer's device in blue on front and rear covers, printed paper spine label, LACKS original dust-jacket; binding square and tight, light toning to boards. Original bifold prospectus laid in along with quote sheets and an invoice dated October 1980 from the William P. Wreden book shop. Very Good. Sebastian Vizcaino was a Spanish soldier, entrepreneur, explorer, and diplomat whose varied career took him to New Spain, the Philippines, the Baja California peninsula, the California Coast, and Japan. In 1601 Vizcaino was appointed to map the California coast; he entered and named San Diego Bay, and named many prominent features such as the Santa Barbara Channel Islands, Point Conception, the Santa Lucia Mountains, Point Lobos, Carmel River, and Monterey Bay; he was the first person in recorded history to note certain ecological features of the California coast such as the Monterey cypress forest at Point Lobos. Vizcaino's efforts erased some of the names given these same features by Cabrillo in 1542. REFERENCES: Heller and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1915-1940, No. 196; Magee, The Hundredth Book, No. 45.
Sebastian Vizcaino, The Voyage of Sebastian Vizcaino to the Coast of California, Arvilla Parker, Fine Press, Limited Edition, Grabhorn Press, Book Club of California, Oscar Lewis