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Publisher: XÁNTUS, János.
Title: Utazás Kalifornia déli részeiben. . . Irta Xántus János . . .
Published in: Pesten ( Budapest ), 1860
Size: 8.7 x 5.9 inches.
22.0 x 15.0 cm.

Condition: Complete and a nice example of this rare American travel book. Light foxing throughout. The only work made on it is: using the original binding boards in a guest-back half-linen binding and title gilded on the half-linen spine. Size of the map 326 x 320mm.
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A rare and fine example of this American traveling book with a rare map of California. A Hungarian account of Southern California in original pictorial boards.
Eight lithograph plates on sepia and grey toned grounds, folded lithograph map, wood-engraved text illustrations. Octavo, original beige pictorial boards, cover title, imprint and illustration of man on donkey (Los-angelesi bor- és limonádé-árus) within ornamental border, title spine within ornamental border.
First authorised edition of the Hungarian scientist’s letters on California, where he had accompanied a railroad survey. Some of his material is said to have been extracted from the Abert and Emory reports.

The Map: Kalifornia déli részei Legújabb kútfök után szerkesztette és rajzolta. (Southern parts of California - it was edited and drawn by the latest fountain.) Xántus János 1858. [below neat line]: Kiadják Lauffer és Stolp Pesten. 1860. Nyomt, Haske és Tarsa, Pest 1859. Neat line to neat line: 32.6 x 32 cm; 12-3/4 x 12-5/8 inches. Good detail, San Francisco to Cabo San Lucas.

The plates: Plates all signed in the left hand corner:
Rajzolta Xántus J. 1858; and in the right hand corner: Nyom. Haske és Társa Pest 1859.
San Fernando. Déli Kaliforniában. San Fernando Mission Indián kovácsmühely. (San Fernando. Déli Kalifornia.)
Native blacksmith at work.
Indián szövöszoba. (San Fernando. Déli Kalifornia.)Native weaving.
Tejoni indiánnök tenġerit örlenek. Corn grinders.
A Sierra Nevada tetején, Julius 13án. View in the Sierra Nevada taken from expedition.
La Joya. A kaliforniai félsziġeten. La Jolla.
Éji tanyánk. Timpa és Todos Santos közt. (Kaliforniai félszi?et.) Encampment.
San Marco. Kaliforniai félsziġet. San Marcos situated on a high cliff, river below.

The Author: Janos Xántus (1825-1894), Hungarian naturalist, was a Hungarian Freedom Fighter and political refugee who immigrated to the United States in the 1850s and served as a member of the U.S. Army Topographical Engineers. He collected and surveyed in the Fort Tejón area and Baja California. “An account of travels in southern California written from an ethnological, historical and scientific point of view, including a description of Los Angeles.
Pages 37-63 relate to the Tejon Indians in the San Joaquin valley, including a list of their numerals and a vocabulary of the language. The excellent tinted lithographs are said to be from drawings by the author, but several appear to be copied with but slight alterations from those of R. H. Kern in Sitgreave’s Report of an Expedition down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers.” Kern’s (1821-1853) images of the West are among the most beautiful and important from the golden age of Western exploration.

Provenience: On the cover A2 has an ex-libris of Ignác Bárány a famous School director at that time in the capital city of Pest from the noble family of Bárány.
Reference: Howell. ANB (online). Cowan, p.697. Decker 36:464. Eberstadt 135:966. Graff 4785. Howell 50, 1664. Howes X2,

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