XANTUS, János. Utazázas Kalifornia déli Reszeiben. Pest, Lauffer És Stolp, 1860.
8vo. Original illustrated boards; pp. [x], 191, [3, publisher's catalogue], tinted lithographic frontispiece and 7 tinted lithographic plates, folding lithographic plate at rear; rebacked with green cloth, wear to extremities, minimally toned or spotted in places only, a good copy of an important rarity; later Hungarian collector's stamp (Pokorny Lajos) on front fly-leaf.
First edition of a beautifully illustrated early first-hand report of Southern California, with chapters on the economy (gold), natural history and Native American life, written by a Hungarian freedom fighter in exile, and naturalist who had immigrated to the United States in the 1850s and served as a member of the U.S. Army Topographical Engineers. Xantus visited Los Angeles and the Tejon Indian tribes. Baja California was almost unknown to Westerners up to this point and Xantus' expedition ventured far into the unknown, collecting numerous natural history specimens; several zoological and botanical taxa were nemed after him.
Sabin 35764 and 105714; Barrett, Baja California 2681.