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(Spanish-era California).  Three excellent photographic copies of autograph letters in the Archivo General de Indias. [copies made in Seville: Establecimiento Tipografico y Litografico "El Porvenir", 1884]. Folio (31 cm, 12.5"). [1], [2], [3] pp.
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Each facsimile has this note on it: "Photographed from the original preserved in the 'Archivo General de Indias' de Sevilla, under Royal Order dated Madrid December 26th, 1883 for Aldoph Sutro, Esq. of San Francisco, California," and the typographic imprint above.
        One is a letter of Junipero Serra dated Monterey, 7 October 1779, reporting that he has made a copy of Fr. Crespi's diary and is sending it via the ship that has just arrived; a second Serra letter dated Monterey, 9 September 1779, reports on the various missions and states that he hopes to establish one in San Francisco. The third letter is by Sebastian Vizcaino, dated Monterey, 8 December 1602, reporting on his voyage of discovery along the California coast.
        The facsimiles are on laid paper and in sepia ink and are great replicas of the originals with a great backstory as to their creation.
        Provenance: Adolph Sutro; later for sale by E. B. Sterling, Historical Print Seller, Trenton, NJ (1851–1925).

Overall very good: Some age stains, one corner repaired, some dust-soiling. In a light paper folder with E.B. Sterling's faint rubber-stamp.  (41011)   Please RESHELVE This.


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