VERBIEST, FERDINAND. 1623-1688.
Voyages de l'Empereur de la Chine, dans la Tartarie, ausquels on a Joint une Nouvelle découverte au Mexique. Paris: Estienne Michallet, 1685.
12mo (143 x 77 mm). , 110 pp. Period mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments. Mild toning, spine ends chipped.
FIRST EDITION. Verbiest was an important Jesuit missionary to China, at one point serving the Emperor as his instructor of astronomy. The final fourth of the book concerns the first Jesuit colonization of "the island" of California with Father Kino. "It is a translation of the Relacion Puntual of Isidro de Atondo giving an account of his expedition to Lower California in 1683 where formal possession for Spain was taken near the Bay of La Paz on April 1, 1683" (Streeter sale 2420). European Americana 685/177; Hill 1771; Palau 359120-II; Sabin 98928; Wagner Spanish Southwest 58a.