Paris. 1845. 72pp. Large folio. 19th-century cloth, spine stamped in black. Corners rubbed. Later notes on front endpapers and on one text leaf by Henry Harrisse. Very good. Item #WRCAM47373
Duflot de Mofras, a French diplomat and early traveller to California, here offers a study of two Spanish explorers and sailors, Pedro de Mendoza and Martin Fernandez de Navarrete. Pedro de Mendoza (1487-1537) was a Spanish conquistador and explorer who founded the colony of Rio de la Plata and the city of Buenos Aires. Martin Fernandez de Navarrete (1765-1844) was a Spanish sailor and historian who held a number of important posts in the ministry of the marine and did significant work on Spain's maritime history. This copy bears the ownership markings and signature of bibliographer and historian Henry Harrisse (1823-1910), who was the author of several works on Spanish exploration and the discovery of the Americas, including JEAN ET SEBASTIAN CABOT (1882), CHRISTOPHE COLOMBE (1884- 85), and BIBLIOTHECA AMERICANA VETUSTISSIMA (1866). Duflot de Mofras is best known for his Pacific voyage and exploration of the California, Oregon, and Washington coast, described in a narrative published the year before this volume.