Ferrer, Albert, ed. ,
THE COLUMBUS PAPERS:
THE BARCELONA LETTER OF 1493
New York and Barcelona, The New York Public Library & NYW Publishing, Ltd., 1987. Limited edition Oblong folio
(13½ by 19¼ inches). 60 pp. on 16 folio gatherings.
One of 165 copies signed by the editor. This is copy No. 47.
Two etchings by Juan Antonio Roda, each signed. Introduction by Mauricio Obregon, English translation by Lucia Graves.
Mounted color facsimiles of two maps that Columbus might have used, a mounted color facsimile of the sole surviving copy
of the Columbus letter of 1493, now held by the NYPL. Mounted color facsimile of the first map to show the discoveries of
The portfolio is bound in half brown leather, beige-colored cloth with a facsimile of Columbus' signature on the upper
board. Housed in a teak case with brass hinges and a brass titling plaque on the upper lid.
Trivial offset from the leather to the corners of the first and last pages of the
folios, else this is a fine copy. The teak case has a bit of rubbing else is fine as
well and without the splitting sometimes found.
Field, Stephen J. ,
PERSONAL REMINISCENCES OF EARLY DAYS IN CALIFORNIA
WITH OTHER SKETCHES
Not Published, (1880). First edition. Original cloth, gilt title. Cloth sunned to tan on
spine, slight fading at top of front cover; waterspot. Born in Connecticut, Stephen
Johnson Field was practicing law in New York when word of the Gold Rush arrived. He
sailed to California in 1849, crossing Panama at Chagres. He soon became a leader of the
California bar, going on to sit on both the State Supreme Court and the United States
Supreme Court. His book focuses on his first years in California, centering on his
experience as practicing attorney and the first alcalde for the mining town of Marysville,
1850-57. In the second section, he relates anecdotes of his later career as justice, first of
the California Supreme Court, then of the U.S. Supreme Court. Very scarce first
edition, in original binding (later reissued with additional material). A very good copy.
Cowan, p. 208; Howes F-117.