The Manifesto, which the General of Brigade..., makes to the Mexican Republic...

The Manifesto, which the General of Brigade..., makes to the Mexican Republic...
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San Francisco: San Francisco Herald Office, 1855. 8vo, 104, (2) pp. Original dark blue polished calf, upper cover lettered in gilt, a remarkably fine copy in the de luxe binding, with a modern bookplate and old notes by John Howell-Books in the back. First edition in the English of the single most important book in California’s history; first published in Spanish in 1835 printed by Zamorano in Monterey, it was the second book printed in California only preceded by the “Reglamento” which was a 16-page pamphlet. Both are of the utmost rarity and this first English printing is also very uncommon especially in fine condition. The Sharpe copy in wrappers recently sold at auction (2015) for $40,000. “The ‘Manifesto’ [in Spanish ‘Manifiesto’] is a defense of Governor Figueroa’s refusal to turn mission property over to the colonists who arrived in 1834... [it] is the first important book printed on the Zamorano Press.” (Howell, cat. 50 # 82). Cowan I, p. 86. Cowan II, p. 210. Graff 1320. Greenwood 562. Howes F-122. Sabin 98728. Zamorano 80, 37 (note). (Item Id: 106871)

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