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| 31. DUHAUT-CILLY,
A[uguste Bernard] (1790-1849). Voyage autour du
monde, principalement à la Californie et aux Iles Sandwich, pendant
les années 1826, 1827, 1828, et 1829. Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1834-1835.
 409 [1, blank] [2, errata, verso blank];  438 [2, errata, verso
blank] pp., 4 lithographic views after the author-artist’s original
artwork, printed on India paper and mounted (as issued), 1 folding table.
2 vols. in one, thick 8vo, contemporary smooth tan calf over
marbled boards, gilt-lettered red and black spine labels, spine with raised
bands. Corners bumped (with a bit of board showing), upper joint cracked,
intermittent mild foxing to interior, generally a very fine to fine
copy of a genuinely rare book. Preserved in chemise and red morocco
and red cloth slipcase. From John Howell–Books with Warren Howell’s
pencil notation of cost code on slipcase and typed description by Richard
Reed laid in.
First edition of “the first foreign account of Spanish California, by a literate and observant French trader who visited most of the missions, presidios, and pueblos of Upper California, and wrote the best contemporary account of the region” (Streeter Sale 2472). Cowan I, pp. 74, 267: “The French edition, which is superior, was published in 1834-5 at Paris.” Cowan II, p. 186. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 882: “There is some disagreement among cataloguers as to the correct form of the author’s surname. Originally the family name appeared as Bernard du Haut-Cilly, but as August Fruge and Neal Harlow state, ‘at some time the old patronyme of Bernard...seems to have been de-emphasized and the noble particle incorporated with the rest of the name, which thus became Duhaut-Cilly.’ Certainly the captain himself chose that form to appear on the title page of his work.” Hill, pp. 23-24: “The ship Héros also visited Valparaiso, the Galápagos Islands, Hawaii, Macao, and Java.” Howell 50, California 64. Howes D547. Huntington Library, Zamorano 80...Exhibition of Famous and Notorious California Classics 31. LC, California Centennial 18, 40. Libros Californianos (Wagner list), p. 25 & p. 33 (cited as one of the more valuable works on California by Bancroft’s chief assistant, Henry L. Oak). Streeter Sale 2472. Van Nostrand & Coulter, California Pictorial, pp. 28-29 (illustrating plate of Fort Ross): “Contains a detailed description of the fort, and a sketch—the best of the early illustrations.” Zamorano 80 #31 (Phil Townsend Hanna): “Duhaut-Cilly, a French trader...traversed the coast of California, visiting virtually all the missions, presidios, and pueblos, and many of the ranchos.... Duhaut-Cilly recorded his California observations interestingly, accurately and intelligently.”
The superb lithographs (Vue de Monterey, dans la haute Californie, pris de la rade; Vue de la mission de san-Luis-Rey en Californie; Vue de l’etablissement russe de la Bodega, à la Côte de la Nouvelle Albion en 1828; and Vue du port de la vallée d’Anaroura dans l’île de Waho [sic]) were executed in an unusual form of lithography. They were printed on very thin, high-quality India proof paper, which results in an exquisite image—sharper and with more depth than on ordinary paper. Because the technique is extremely time-consuming, expensive, and challenging, lithographs were seldom printed in this fashion. Charles Joseph Hullmandel (1789-1850), pioneer in lithography, initiated the use of India proof plates in lithography. William Blake and George Cruikshank used the technique to good effect. Americana collectors and specialists will recall the beautiful quality of the India proof editions of Muir’s Picturesque California (1888-1891), Captain Lyon’s Sketch Book (1827), and Lenoir’s Antiquitiés Mexicaines (1833-1834). ($10,000-20,000)
|31A. DUHAUT-CILLY, Auguste [Bernard]. Viaggio intorno al globo principalmente alla
California ed alle isole Sandwich negli anni 1826, 1827, 1828 e 1829...con
l’aggiunta delle osservazioni sugli abitanti di quei paesi di Paolo
Emilio Botta Traduzione dal francese nell’italiano di Carlo Botta.
Turin: Stabilimento Tipografico Fontana, 1841. xvi, 296 + 392 [2, errata]
pp., 4 engraved plates. 2 vols., 8vo, original printed wrappers with
typographic ornamental border. Wrappers slightly soiled, otherwise very
First edition in Italian, with Paolo Emilio Botta’s observations that did not appear in the original edition. Cowan I, p. 74: “Of the contemporary accounts of California this is the most extensive.” Cowan II, p. 186. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1260: “This is an important edition of the Duhaut-Cilly narrative.... It includes for the first time, in book form, an essay by Dr. Paolo Emilio Botta, ‘Osservazioni sugli abitanti dell isole Sandwich e della California’ (Observations on the inhabitants of the Sandwich Islands and California). His Hawaiian observations are on pages 339-365, followed by an Italian-Hawaiian vocabulary (pp. 360-365), and a list of Hawaiian numerals on page 366. Botta’s observations on California (also new to this edition) are on pages 367-389. Dr. Botta’s essay was first published in Annales des Voyages, (Paris, 1831).” Hill, p. 24. Howell 50, California 65. Norris 1014: “The Italian edition has two extra plates...Monterey and...Bodega Bay.” (2 vols.) ($750-1,500)
|31B. DUHAUT-CILLY, A[uguste Bernard].
Voyage autour du monde, principalement à la Californie et
aux Iles Sandwich, pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, et 1829
[caption title: Duhaut-Cilly’s Account of California in the Years
1827-28 Translated from the French by Charles Franklin Carter].
San Francisco: California Historical Society Quarterly, 1929. [2,
facsimile of original title page] 131-336 pp. (complete). Large 8vo,
modern half crimson morocco over red cloth, spine gilt-lettered and
with raised bands. Joints slightly rubbed, else fine. With John Howell–Books
cost code penciled by Warren R. Howell at back.
First edition in English, offprint containing selections from the California portion of the circumnavigation. ($30-60)
31C. DUHAUT-CILLY, Auguste [Bernard]. A
Voyage to California, the Sandwich Islands, and around the World in
the Years 1826-1829. Translated and Edited by August Frugé and Neal Harlow.
San Francisco: [Patrick Reagh for] The Book Club of California, 1997.
xxix  252  pp., frontispiece portrait tipped in, text illustrations
(some full-page; views, portraits, facsimiles, maps). 4to, original
red cloth over patterned boards, printed paper spine label. New as issued.
Prospectus laid in.
After three centuries of Spanish colonialism, Mexican independence
in 1821 opened the country to friendly foreign visitors. Devastated
after a decade of warfare, Mexico desperately needed to establish foreign
trade to raise income for the new nation. The creation of the Mexican
Republic in 1824 led to the negotiation in London of high-interest bonds
to be paid from customs revenue to finance the new government, and extensive
trade and mining concessions were granted to English entrepreneurs.
Not to be outdone, France entered the Mexican commercial sphere in principal
cities such as Veracruz, Puebla, and Mexico City, as well as through
coastal maritime trading.
——W. Michael Mathes
Item 31. Superb lithographs of Mission San Luis Rey after
original art work by Duhuat-Cilly, executed in an unusual form of lithography—printed
on very thin, high-quality India proof paper, resulting in an exquisite image—sharper
and with more depth than ordinary paper.