Deland: The Florida State Historical Society, 1928. Two volumes: lxxiii,,271,; xv,,383,pp., plus plates. Titlepages printed in red and black. Frontispiece in first volume. Large octavo. Original half cloth and paper boards, printed paper label on front boards and spines. Labels lightly soiled. Bookplate on rear pastedowns. About fine. In lightly worn cloth slipcases. Item #WRCAM48310
From an edition of 360 copies, typography by Carl P. Rollins and printed by the Yale University Press; this set is number 214. The documents presented here describe the Spanish expedition into West Florida, led by Don Tristan de Luna and supervised by Don Luis de Velasco, the Viceroy of New Spain. Luna's expedition ultimately failed, but it paved the way for future Spanish colonization of Florida. Published here for the first time, these documents include much correspondence between Luna and Velasco, descriptions of the expedition, and charges and countercharges over who was to blame for its failure. Priestley, librarian of the Bancroft Library, translated and edited the documents and provides a valuable historical introduction. Number eight in the publications of the Florida State Historical Society. HOWES P604, "aa."