Sep 28, 2017 - Sale 2455

Sale 2455 - Lot 59

Price Realized: $ 812
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 700 - $ 1,000
(CALIFORNIA.) Chappe d'Auteroche, Jean. A Voyage to California to Observe the Transit of Venus. Folding plan of Mexico City. [8], 215 pages. 4to, later 1/2 calf, minor wear; front hinge split, minor wear to plan; bookplate on front pastedown. London, 1778

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first edition in english of a joint French-Spanish expedition to Baja California to view the Transit of Venus. The author contracted a fatal case of yellow fever two days after his observations. This edition includes an additional voyage to Newfoundland. "A thrilling account of a race against time to reach Lower California before the transit of Venus occurred"-- Streeter sale IV:2443 (1772 original edition in French). Cowan 1933, page 114; Hill 279; Howes C299 ("aa"); Sabin 12004; Wagner, Spanish Southwest 158a. Provenance: Christie's Frank S. Streeter sale, 16 April 2007, lot 104.