Nov 06, 2014 - Sale 2364

Sale 2364 - Lot 21

Price Realized: $ 1,062
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
(CALIFORNIA.) Baegert, Johan Jakob. Nachrichten von der amerikanischen halbinsel Californien. Folding map, 2 plates (often lacking). [16], 358 pages. Small 8vo, later 1/4 calf, moderate wear, old label on spine; minor worming to a few leaves; small inked "MM" stamps on verso of title, map, and page 52. Mannheim: Churfurstl, 1773

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Second edition. The account of a longtime German Jesuit missionary in Baja California. "Perhaps no man ever wrote an impersonal book with such bitterness of heart. According to his accounts the country was absolutely unfitted for habitation; it was inhabited by wild and ferocious beasts; peopled by inhospitable and cruel savages; water was unfit for use; wood was scarce; and the soil would not sustain life"--Cowan 1933, page 27. Howes B29 ("aa"); Streeter sale IV:2442; Streeter, Spanish Southwest 157n.