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Forbes, Alexander, 1778–1862

California : a history of Upper and Lower California from their first discovery to the present time, comprising an account of the climate, soil, natural productions, agriculture, commerce, &c. : a full view of the missionary establishments and condition of the free and domesticated Indians : with an appendix relating to steam navigation in the Pacific : illustrated with a new map, plans of the harbours, and numerous engravings / by Alexander Forbes, Esq.

London : Smith, Elder and Co., Cornhill, 1839.
Chichester : Printed by William Hayley Mason
Physical Description:
xvi, 352 pages, [11] leaves of plates (1 folded) : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
F864 .F67 1839
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Printer's statement from foot of page 352.
Illustrations after S. Drummond, Capt. William Smyth, J.A. Pinto, Capt. Beechley, Capt. John Hall, and L.M. Lefevre. Lithography by Day & Haghe.
Map of California engraved by John Arrowsmith.
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, 25035
Howes, W. U.S.iana, 1650-1950 (1962 edition), F242
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in publisher's original purple cloth; binder's ticket: Westleys & Co.
Subject Terms:
Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) -- History.
California -- History -- To 1846.
Indians of North America -- California.
Missions -- California.
Steam-navigation -- Pacific Ocean.
Lithographs -- 1839.
Engravings -- Hand-colored -- 1839.
Arrowsmith, John, engraver.
Drummond, Samuel, 1763?-1844, illustrator.
Pinto, J. A., illustrator.
Smyth, W., Captain, illustrator.
Smith, Elder, and Co., publisher.
Mason, William Hayley, -1864, printer.
Day & Haghe, lithographer.
Westleys & Co., binder.

  • Plates: Portrait of Father Peyri
  • Portrait of a Native Indian
  • View of the bay of Monterey
  • View of the harbour of San Francisco
  • View of Santa Barbara
  • The Indian hot air bath or Temescal
  • View of the Mission of San Carlos
  • View of the Presidio and Puebla of Monterey
  • View of the Mission of San Francisco
  • Throwing the laso, with a view of the Mission of St. Joseph
  • Map of California.

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