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Auction 15: Fine Collection of Californiana Formed by Daniel G. Volkmann Jr.

Lots 43-45: California & Pacific Voyagers

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43. COKE, Henry J. A Ride over the Rocky Mountains to Oregon and California. With a Glance at Some of the Tropical Islands, Including the West Indies and the Sandwich Isles. London: Richard Bentley, 1852. x, 388 pp. with errata slip, mounted lithographed frontispiece portrait on India paper (printed by the innovative lithography firm of Hullmandel). 8vo, later three-quarter tan calf over marbled boards, raised bands, spine gilt, t.e.g. Light uniform age toning due to the paper on which it was printed. Very good.
    First edition. Braislin 430. Cowan I, p. 50. Cowan II, p. 134. Eberstadt 103:71. Flake 2449. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1852. Graff 796. Hill 330: “A fascinating account of this perilous 1850 expedition, undertaken for sheer which two of their seven companions perished, and the survival of any was a miracle. The exuberant spirit of the globe-trotting Coke is evident in every chapter of this book. His ability to describe the sights and sensations of his journey has resulted in a most entertaining narrative.” Holliday 215. Howes C547. Hunnewell, p. 31. Judd 38. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 144: “The last chapter of this travel book features California and the Gold Rush.... He met Captain Sutter in Marysville and went to the Hock Farm.... He [gives] his views on ‘Judge Lynch’ and the Yankee personality.” Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 761. Mintz, The Trail 100: “One of the most stimulating of all overland narratives, and one of the West’s best adventure stories.” Plains & Rockies IV:211. Norris 806. Sabin 14240. Streeter Sale 3060. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 44. He also includes observations on stock raising, horse racing, and buffalo.

44. COLTON, Walter. Deck and Port; or, Incidents of a Cruise in the United States Frigate Congress to California. With Sketches of Rio Janeiro, Valparaiso, Lima, Honolulu, and San Francisco. New York: A. S. Barnes & Company; Cincinnati: H. W. Derby & Co., 1850. 408 pp., steel-engraved frontispiece portrait of Commodore R. F. Stockton, 4 tinted lithographed plates in shades of blue and sepia (views of Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Valparaiso, and San Francisco by Sarony & Major), text illustrations (including map on p. [12]). 8vo, original dark brown blind-stamped gilt-pictorial cloth. Small piece missing from upper extremity of spine, corners bumped, shelf-worn, interior very good.
    First edition, second issue, with end sheet with reviews, with map, and with publisher’s device blind-stamped on upper cover. Berger, Bibliografia do Rio de Janeiro p. 106. Borba de Moraes, pp. 193-194. Cowan I, p. 52. Cowan II, p. 137. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1769. Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 201. Hill 340. Howell 50, California 45A. Howes C624. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 150b: “Colton correctly predicted: ‘Not one in ten of all the thousands who have, or may go to California to hunt for gold, will return with a fortune.’” Sabin 14799. The author founded the first newspaper in California and served as first American alcalde of Monterey under American rule (see Hart, Companion to California, pp. 98-99). Colton mentions the wild cattle of California, once “the great staple of the it is found in exhaustless mines of quicksilver and gold” (p. 403). While being hosted by Damon (q.v.) in Hawaii, Colton witnessed how livestock were herded into a secure valley surrounded by high mountains by skillful “kanacka” herdsmen on horseback with lassoes (pp. 343-346). The chapter “Sketches of Valparaiso” has a description and engraving of a Chilean horseman.

45. COOKE, Edward. A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, Perform’d in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710, and 1711, by the Ships Duke and Dutchess of Bristol.... London: Printed by H. M. for B. Lintot and R. Gosling...A Pettesworth...and W. Innys, 1712. [22] 432 [10] + [8] xxiv, 328 [8] pp., 18 plates, 12 copper-engraved maps and tables (some folded), numerous woodcut outlines of landmasses. 2 vols., 8vo, contemporary paneled calf rebacked with later tan calf, spines with raised bands and gilt-lettered red leather labels. Rubbed and darkened, both volumes have uniform light waterstaining but somewhat heavier in vol. 1. Engraved armorial bookplate of Roger Twisden on front pastedown in each volume.

    Second edition of vol. 1; first edition of vol. 2 (preferred edition, expanded to 2 vols.). Barrett 3290. Borba de Moraes I, p. 206. Cowan I, pp. 54-55. Cowan II, p. 141. European Americana 712/42. Hill 372: “This edition was preceded by a one-volume work, hastily produced in the same year in order to beat Rogers’s account to the market. The additional volume appeared only with the second edition.” Howes C733. Mathes, California Colonial Bibliography 30. Cf. Sabin 16303. Streeter Sale 2428. Wagner, Cartography of the Northwest Coast 499. Cf. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 77. The double-hemisphere world map (A Map of the World Shewing the Course of Capt. Cook’s Voyage Round the Same [below neat line]: John Senex Sculpt.) shows California as an island. The Voyage contains detailed descriptions of the coasts of Brazil, Chile, Peru, Mexico, and a “Description of Puerto Seguro, in the Island of [Lower] California” with plates depicting its flora and fauna. Native Americans are described in vol. 1, on pp. 319-327 and shown on the accompanying plates. Wagner is in error when he states that pp. 109-328 in vol. 2 are preceded by a separate title page; it is a sectional title only.


As a result of the death of Carlos II of Spain without direct heir, in 1700 Europe was again engaged in international conflict, the War of Spanish Succession. The monarch’s will had granted the throne to his cousin, Philip of Valois (Felipe V), a grandson of Louis XIV and, fearful of the formation of a Franco-Hispanic power bloc, England allied with Austria to press for succession by Leopold of Hapsburg, another cousin of the deceased king. As the war progressed, the Anglo-Austrian alliance sought means to cripple Spanish power by attacking her sources of wealth in the New World. In 1708 the British Parliament authorized privateering voyages free from royal taxation, and various investors in England initiated the outfitting of ships for attacking Spanish sea lanes.
    In that same year, Woodes Rogers (q.v.) in command of the expedition and captaining the Duke and Stephen Courtney captaining the Dutchess, with Edward Cooke, an experienced but luckless mariner who had lost two ships to the French, as second captain, sailed from Bristol. The voyage was to follow the routes and methodology established over a century earlier by Francis Drake (1578-1580) and his successor, Thomas Cavendish (1586-1588) by sailing as surreptitiously as possible to the east coast of South America and southward, rounding Cape Horn, and attacking Spanish ports and shipping on the relatively little-defended Pacific Coast. The primary targets were to be the silver galleons sailing from Callao to Panamá and, with luck, the Manila galleon bringing treasure from Asia to the west coast of New Spain.
    Entering the Pacific in 1709, the Duke and Dutchess made history in February by rescuing Alexander Selkirk, marooned on Isla Juan Fernández and later immortalized by Daniel Defoe as Robinson Crusoe. Proceeding northward, the ships captured some twenty ships off the Chilean, Peruvian, and Ecuadorian coasts, and occupied the port of Guayaquil. There they took the Havre de Grace, renamed Marquis and placed under the command of Cooke. Continuing, the expedition coasted Central America and New Spain, and stood off Cabo San Lucas from mid-November to January, 1710, awaiting the Manila ship. Their patience was rewarded with the arrival of the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación y Desengaño and the Nuestra Señora de Begoña, with the Duke capturing the former, but the latter giving battle for two days, successfully driving off the three privateers. Following repairs, the four ships (Encarnación y Desengaño renamed Batchelor) sailed from Cabo San Lucas across the Pacific, rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and reached England in October 1711.

    During their long sojourn at Cabo San Lucas both Cooke and Rogers made lengthy ethnographic, geographic, zoological, and botanical observations. Of the two, Cooke provided far more detailed descriptions, and when the first volume of his Voyage appeared, it contained the first printed depictions of California Indians and their housing and utensils, as well as those of numerous birds, sea life, and plants. The publication of Cooke’s Voyage preceded that of Rogers by a few months; however, the latter’s work proved more popular, and appeared in three editions in 1712, 1718, and 1726. While it does not contain the detailed drawings and descriptions provided by Cooke, Rogers’s work is considered more literary.

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