Mar 10, 2020 - Sale 2533

Sale 2533 - Lot 27

Price Realized: $ 1,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(CALIFORNIA.) [Guzman, Jose Maria.] Breve noticia que da al supremo gobierno, del actual estado del territorio de la Alta California. Folding table. [1], 8 pages. 8vo, modern gilt calf; two leaves detached, light offsetting to title, tape repairs to final leaf and folding table, other minor conservation; modern bookplate on front pastedown. Mexico, 1833

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A detailed Mexican report on California before the transfer and the Gold Rush. The table reports on the population, livestock, and crop production at each presidio and mission. San Francisco reported 371 residents and 56,110 heads of cattle; the Pueblo de la Reina de los Angeles was much larger with 1,388 residents and 38,624 heads of cattle (most in the region) while the most populous missions were under the Jurisdiccion de San Diego. "Guzman . . . was well informed of the activities of the Franciscan monasteries in Alta California, and his report and recommendations on the economy of the region are of great interest"--Streeter sale IV:2467. Cowan 1933, page 254; Graff 1696 ("Wagner considered the Guzman one of the twenty rarest and most important California books"); Palau 111800.