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Pingenot Auction, Lot 68

68. CASTAÑEDA, Pedro de, et al. The Journey of Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, 1540-1542. Translated & Edited by George Parker Winship. San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1933. xxvii, 134 [12] pp., illustrations and decorations by Arvilla Parker, initials in red by Fred Glauser. Folio, original cloth. Spine slightly rubbed. Bookplate of Joseph M. Gleason.
        First edition, limited edition (550 copies). Basic Texas Books 28E: "The best account of Coronado’s famous expedition in search of the seven cities of gold, much of which occurred in Texas." Clark, Old South I:5: "Of monumental importance in the history of the American Southwest." Grabhorn 195. Howes W571. Pingenot: Castañeda, a soldier in Coronado’s retinue, kept a journal of the expedition. He prefaced his narrative by saying "I believe that the result cannot fail to be an account which...will be so remarkable that it will seem incredible." Winship agreed that it was "one of the most remarkable explorations recorded in the annals of American history." Although Coronado found no gold, nor the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola, his expedition did uncover a wealth of information about the Plains and Pueblo Indians, as well as new geographical information on the vast area they traversed.