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California. Colonial History & Mission Administration

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California. Colonial History & Mission Administration A fine group of ten broadsides, manuscript documents and pamphlets illustrative of California history ending with the Mexican War, 1582-1847, as follows: Edwin H. Carpenter. A Sixteenth Century Mexican Broadside from the Collection of Emilio Valtón. Los Angeles: [Plantin Press for] Dalton's Book Shop, 1965. Folio, title printed in red and black with large armorial device, the broadside inserted in a pocket, is a "Carta de pago"printed in Gothic type on both sides by Pedro Ocharte in Mexico City in August 1582, 21 lines each, with manuscript accomplishment on each side. Publisher's creme quarter cloth and gray boards, pink dust jacket, in a slipcase with printed paper label on spine. Antonio Maria Bucareli y Ursua. Letter signed ("Ant[oni]o Bucareli y Ursua"), in Spanish, 2 1/2 pages (11 3/4 x 8 1/2 in.; 300 x 205 mm), Mexico City, 3 July 1776, to the Provincial of the San Diego Mission; formerly folded, a few small stains in lower margin of second leaf. Half-morocco clamshell box, gilt-stamped title on spine. The Viceroy asks the Mission to send an accounting of the numbers of priests who arrive and depart, the alms which they collect, the names of convents and monasteries under their care, all by the king's order. The mission had, in November of the prior year, been overrun by natives, the buildings destroyed and some priests killed. Fray Serra was en route from Monterey to San Diego to help with the rebuilding. Estado de las Missiones de la N[uev]a California sacado de las informas de sus Misioneros en fino de Diciembre de 1809. Manuscript document, in Spanish, 1 1/2 pages (12 1/4 x 16 3/4 in.; 310 x 425 mm), no place, 1809; formerly folded, a few tiny tears in upper margin. Red half-morocco clamshell box, gilt-stamped title on spine, English translation laid in. Statistical record of all the missions from San Diego to San Francisco, giving their locations, date of foundation, and who presides over them, providing numbers of baptisms, marriages, burials, population, cattle, wool, skins, other work animals, and harvests. Fray Mariano Payeras. Estado de las Missiones de la Alta California sacado de las informas de sus Misiones en fin de Diciembre de 1819. Manuscript document with secretarial signature, in Spanish, 1 page (17 x 12 3/8 in.; 432 x 315 mm), no place [the original prepared at Mission La Purisima Concepcion, Lompoc, California], 1819. A census, similar to the preceding. Luis Antonio Arguello. Tratado de Negociacion con D[o]n Cirilo Glebnicoff [Khiril Klebnikov], autorizado por la Compania Rusa de N. Arcangel, para hacer una contrada de pesca de Nutrias Marinas en esta costa .... Manuscript document signed ("Luis Antonio Arguello"), 2 1/2 pages (12 x 8 1/4 in.; 305 x 210 mm), Presidio de Monterrey, 1 December 1823; formerly folded, small fold tear in top margin. Creme half-cloth clamshell box, gilt-stamped title label on spine, English translation laid in. The Governor of California (1784-1830), recognizing that foreign ships were taking otters without compensation, tried to raise money to support his troops by licensing otter fishing off the coast to a Russian fleet. This is a certified, signed copy of the first of several contracts established with Klebnikov. [See A. Ogden, The California Sea Otter Trade, 1784–1848 (1941), pp. 95–99]. Estado que manifiesta la fuerza que deben tener las seis compañias que se consideran necesarias para la guarnicion de los territorios de la alta y baja California, con espresion de los haberes y gratificaciones que deberán disfrutar. Printed broadside (16 3/4 x 12 1/4 in.; 425 x 310 mm), Mexico City, 3 May 1828, signed in print and with a paraph "F. Castro"; light marginal soiling and creasing. Half-morocco folding-case, gilt-stamped title on spine. Graaf 2271. The organization of six companies of cavalry in Upper and Lower California, this broadside shows the number of troops and officers which were needed for posts in California,

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Sotheby's
Title: The James S. Copley Library: Magnificent American, Historical Documents: Second Selection
Date of the auction: 15 Oct 2010
Address: Sotheby's
New York

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