Berkeley: University of California Press, 1930. First edition. Hardcover. Large Octavo. xxiv, 529pp., 38 plates, 10 maps, incl. 7 folding; xiv, 473pp., 23 plates; xxi, 436pp, 17 plates, incl. one map; 552pp., 23 plates, incl. three maps, one of them folding; xx, 426pp., 12 plates. Original blue cloth with gilt lettering and ruling on spines. Four frontispieces. "Monumental work containing translations of the original manuscript diaries of Anza, Diaz, Garcés, Font and Palóu relating to the 1773 and 1774 expeditions and the founding of both Monterey and San Francisco." (Howes B583). Cowan calls it "work of extensive research and most important historical value."
"Few episodes in early American history are so well documented as these Anza expeditions. In the diaries and correspondence we learn the actualities of path finding and of colony leading. The records of distances and natural features are so accurate and vivid that one can retrace the whole trail, day by day, camp by camp. With this explicit information there is no need of romancing, for the realities were more stirring than fiction." (Bolton). Illustrated throughout with more than 100 extraordinary b/w photographs and maps, some reproductions of artwork. Bindings with light wear along edges and light rubbing. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #45133