Viaggio intorno al globo principalmente alla California ed alle isole Sandwich negli anni 1826, 1827, 1828 e 1829…. Auguste DUHAUT-CILLY.
Viaggio intorno al globo principalmente alla California ed alle isole Sandwich negli anni 1826, 1827, 1828 e 1829…
Viaggio intorno al globo principalmente alla California ed alle isole Sandwich negli anni 1826, 1827, 1828 e 1829…

Viaggio intorno al globo principalmente alla California ed alle isole Sandwich negli anni 1826, 1827, 1828 e 1829…

Turin: Fontana, 1841.

Two volumes, octavo, four plates; bookplate removed, but a very nice copy in contemporary half green calf.

California and Hawaii

First Italian edition and very scarce: a most important book for California and Hawaii.

First Italian edition and very scarce: a most important book for California and Hawaii.

Duhaut-Cilly was a French trader who reached Yerba Buena in 1827, and in the next two years visited most of the missions, presidios, and pueblos of Alta California. No other traveller had visited so many of the Californian establishments, and his is the best contemporary account of the region. He also describes at some length his 1828 visit to the Hawaiian Islands, and includes a vocabulary of the Hawaiian language.

The plates show San Francisco, San Luis Rey, Fort Ross and Hawaii. This is the second edition of the book, much expanded with additional chapters from its first appearance in French in 1834, which is now extremely rare (John Howell Books conjectured in their catalogue 50 that only about a dozen copies survive); there has never been an English edition. The book evidently struck a chord in Italy: another edition appeared in Naples in 1842.

'This is an important edition… It includes, for the first time, in book form, an essay by Dr. Paolo Emilio Botta, Osservazioni sugli abitanti delle isole Sandwich e della California (Observations on the inhabitants of the Sandwich Islands and California). His Hawaiian observations are on pp. 339-359, followed by an Italian-Hawaiian vocabulary… and a list of Hawaiian numerals. Dr Botta's observations on California [are] also new to this edition…' (Forbes).

Duhaut-Cilly's work was one of the eighty books selected by the Zamorano Club in California for their famous exhibition of books important for the history of that state.

Provenance: Donald Graham (Hawaiian collector, with bookplate).

Forbes, "Hawaiian National Bibliography", 1260; Hill, 500; Judd, 57.

Price (AUD): $3,400.00

US$2,388.40   Other currencies

Ref: #5000343