Descripcion historial de la provincia y archipielago de Chiloé en el Reyno de Chile, y Obispado de la Concepción…. Padre Fray Pedro GONZÁLEZ DE AGÜEROS.
Descripcion historial de la provincia y archipielago de Chiloé en el Reyno de Chile, y Obispado de la Concepción…
Descripcion historial de la provincia y archipielago de Chiloé en el Reyno de Chile, y Obispado de la Concepción…

Descripcion historial de la provincia y archipielago de Chiloé…
Descripcion historial de la provincia y archipielago de Chiloé en el Reyno de Chile, y Obispado de la Concepción…

Madrid: Don Benito Cano, 1791.

Small quarto, with a plate and a large folding map of the I. de Chiloe; a fine copy in contemporary Spanish marbled calf, spine gilt with crimson label.

The Spanish in Tahiti and a rare study of Chiloe Island

An important work, among the earliest post-Cook printings relating to Tahiti, and one of very few early accounts of Spanish activity there in the 1770s. González de Agüeros was head of the Franciscan missionary college of Santa Rosa at Ocapa, in Peru. After his return to Spain, he wrote this history of the Chilean province of Chiloé. It includes a lengthy résumé of the Aguila expedition under Captain Boenechea that came to Tahiti to leave two Franciscan missionaries in 1774, prompted by reports of the recent English voyages in the Pacific. Just two missionary friars were sent and it was ultimately unsuccessful. A later section describes their stay at Santa Cruz de Chatutira in Tautira Bay from January to November 1775. There is also an account of the neighbouring islands and their natural productions.

An important work, among the earliest post-Cook printings relating to Tahiti, and one of very few early accounts of Spanish activity there in the 1770s. González de Agüeros was head of the Franciscan missionary college of Santa Rosa at Ocapa, in Peru. After his return to Spain, he wrote this history of the Chilean province of Chiloé. It includes a lengthy résumé of the Aguila expedition under Captain Boenechea that came to Tahiti to leave two Franciscan missionaries in 1774, prompted by reports of the recent English voyages in the Pacific. Just two missionary friars were sent and it was ultimately unsuccessful. A later section describes their stay at Santa Cruz de Chatutira in Tautira Bay from January to November 1775. There is also an account of the neighbouring islands and their natural productions.
The relevant seciton is entitled Noticias práticas, é individuales de las islas nombradas vulgarmente de Otahiti ó Carolinas situadas en el mar del Sur, ó Pacífico. Although O'Reilly and Reitman - citing Fernandez de Navarrete's Biblioteca maritima española and D. Barros Arana's Historia jeneral de Chile - find fault with González de Agüeros's sources, nonetheless it remains a significant and early work. Most of the material to do with the voyages of the Aguila only appears in nineteenth or twentieth-century books, chiefly Corney's "Quest and Occupation of Tahiti".
The book is surprisingly rare on the market with just two copies recorded as having been sold at auction in the last fifty-five years.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

Not in the catalogue of the Hill collection; James Ford Bell, G166; O'Reilly-Reitman, 7143; Palau, 104964; Sabin, 27822.

Price (AUD): $11,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504969