8 Baegert california / Virtual Rare Book Fair 127


Title: nachrichten von der amerikanischen halbinsel californien
Author: Baegert Jacob (1717-1772)
PlaceAndYear: Mannheim, 1772
Publisher: Churfürstliche Hof- und Academie-Buchdruckerei
Description: Baegert Jacob, Nachrichten von der Amerikanischen Halbinsel Californien, 1772
BAEGERT, Jacob (1717-1772). Nachrichten von der Amerikanischen Halbinsel Californien, mit einem zweyfachen Anhang falscher Nachrichten. Geschrieben von einem Priester der Gesellschaft Jesu, welcher lang darinn diese letzere Jahr gelebt hat. Mannheim: Churfürstliche Hof- und Academie-Buchdruckerei, 1772.

8o (167 x 100 mm), VIII, 358 pp, 1 page, 1 engraved map.. Errata leaf at end. Engraved folding map of Baja California and 2 engraved plates of native Californians, by E. Verelst, woodcut head- and tail-pieces, ornamental woodcut initials. Original publisher's binding. Provenance: Zur Breitenbauchschen Bibliotheck (with exlibris). The book was refunded from the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle, Germany to the heirs of Breitenbauch and sold to the present owner.

FIRST EDITION. Baegert was a Jesuit missionary in Lower California from 1751 until the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1768. In this account he seeks to disprove the prevailing myth of California as land of plenty, emphasizing instead the merciless heat, dangerous animals, hostile terrain, and untrustworthiness of its inhabitants. The book is nonetheless filled with valuable ethnographical and historical information. The map shows the location of the many Jesuit missions in Baja California and the route taken by the author in his journeys to and from the region. It is derived from Consag's important 1746 delineation of the peninsula. The two plates are not included in all copies. Cowan, p. 9; de Backer/Sommervogel 760; Graff 137; Howes B-29; Sabin 4363; Streeter sale IV, 2441; Wagner Spanish Southwest, 157.
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