Magdalena Bay, Lower California. November 10, 1870. pp. on a folded folio sheet, including a map on the final page. Small tape repair in foredge of first leaf. A bit of offsetting from the masthead and the map. Near fine. In a half morocco and cloth folding case, spine gilt. Item #WRCAM44211
The second and final issue of this scarce Baja California newspaper - only two issues were ever published. Meant to be published weekly, the first issue was dated October 12, 1870, and was followed by the present number. It was published by the "exploring and colonizing expedition of the Lower California Co., at the (projected) City of Cortez Magdalena Bay Lower California." The map shows the California coast from San Francisco south to the tip of Baja, with steamship routes and the location of Magdalena Bay. The text records the comings and goings of steamships, improvements taking place at the colony, advantages available to settlers, testimonials as to the veracity of the text, advertisements, and an ad promising free land to the first 1,000 colonists. "A curious Baja California item...quite typical of a great deal of promotional literature and ephemera which appeared during the 1870's and 1880's" - Barrett. Quite interesting. BARRETT 1525.