Utazás Kalifornia déli részeiben. Irta --, a Természettudományok Philadelphiai Akadémiája, az Amerikai Philosophiai Társulat s a Bostoni Athenaeum rendes tagja. Egy földképpel, nyolc kő- és nyolc fametszettel. [Travel in Southern California. By --, Regular member of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, of the American Philosophical Society, and of the Boston Athenæum. With One Map and Eight lithographs and Eight Woodcuts.]. János Xántus, John de Vesey Xantus.
Utazás Kalifornia déli részeiben. Irta --, a Természettudományok Philadelphiai Akadémiája, az Amerikai Philosophiai Társulat s a Bostoni Athenaeum rendes tagja. Egy földképpel, nyolc kő- és nyolc fametszettel. [Travel in Southern California. By --, Regular member of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, of the American Philosophical Society, and of the Boston Athenæum. With One Map and Eight lithographs and Eight Woodcuts.]
Utazás Kalifornia déli részeiben. Irta --, a Természettudományok Philadelphiai Akadémiája, az Amerikai Philosophiai Társulat s a Bostoni Athenaeum rendes tagja. Egy földképpel, nyolc kő- és nyolc fametszettel. [Travel in Southern California. By --, Regular member of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, of the American Philosophical Society, and of the Boston Athenæum. With One Map and Eight lithographs and Eight Woodcuts.]
Utazás Kalifornia déli részeiben. Irta --, a Természettudományok Philadelphiai Akadémiája, az Amerikai Philosophiai Társulat s a Bostoni Athenaeum rendes tagja. Egy földképpel, nyolc kő- és nyolc fametszettel. [Travel in Southern California. By --, Regular member of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, of the American Philosophical Society, and of the Boston Athenæum. With One Map and Eight lithographs and Eight Woodcuts.]
Utazás Kalifornia déli részeiben. Irta --, a Természettudományok Philadelphiai Akadémiája, az Amerikai Philosophiai Társulat s a Bostoni Athenaeum rendes tagja. Egy földképpel, nyolc kő- és nyolc fametszettel. [Travel in Southern California. By --, Regular member of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, of the American Philosophical Society, and of the Boston Athenæum. With One Map and Eight lithographs and Eight Woodcuts.]
Utazás Kalifornia déli részeiben. Irta --, a Természettudományok Philadelphiai Akadémiája, az Amerikai Philosophiai Társulat s a Bostoni Athenaeum rendes tagja. Egy földképpel, nyolc kő- és nyolc fametszettel. [Travel in Southern California. By --, Regular member of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, of the American Philosophical Society, and of the Boston Athenæum. With One Map and Eight lithographs and Eight Woodcuts.]
Xantus’s Southern California Travelogue

Utazás Kalifornia déli részeiben. Irta --, a Természettudományok Philadelphiai Akadémiája, az Amerikai Philosophiai Társulat s a Bostoni Athenaeum rendes tagja. Egy földképpel, nyolc kő- és nyolc fametszettel. [Travel in Southern California. By --, Regular member of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, of the American Philosophical Society, and of the Boston Athenæum. With One Map and Eight lithographs and Eight Woodcuts.]

Pesten (Pest): Lauffer és Stolp (Herz János), 1860 (1859). First edition. The lithographs were printed in Pest by Haske és Társa. In contemporary green cloth, with gilt spine. (1) [lithograph frontispiece], (11), (1), 2– 191, (3) p., and 7 lithograph plates on sepia and gray toned ground, and one folding lithograph map. Stamp of ownership on inner pastedown also inscription in ink, and stamp on title page. A small tear on spine, extremities slightly rubbed. Sporadic foxing throughout. Otherwise a fine copy.

Xantus’ second North America travelogue, an account of travels in southern California. Xantus writes about the geography, flora and fauna, and also shares his ethnological and historical knowledge about the area. The book is divided into three chapters: “From Los Angeles to Fort Tejon” which includes the description of Los Angeles; “Tejon and Tejon Indian Tribe” with detailed description of history and customs of the tribe, a short dictionary, and about the rock art of the Native Americans; “Baja California Peninsula” concerns with the plants and the animals of the region.

The lithograph plates are: “San Fernando Mission”, “Native American Blacksmith at Work. In San Fernando”, “Native American Weaving. In San Fernando.”, “Native Americans Grinding Corn.”, “At the Top of Sierra Nevada. On July 13.”, “La Jolla.”, “Encampment Between Timpa[?] and Todos Santos.”, “San Marcos.” It is printed on the plates that they were made after Xantus’ drawings, however several appear to be copies with slight alterations, from drawings made by R. H. Kern (in Sitgreave's “Report of an Expedition down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers”).

John Xantus de Vesey (1825–1894) was a Hungarian exile naturalist and zoologist. He was a Freedom Fighter in the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, and as a result a political refugee in the United States where he arrived in 1852. He became a stretcher-bearer in the US army where he met a surgeon William Alexander Hammond who acted as a collector for the renown zoologist Spencer Fullerton Baird. Through Hammond he became interested in natural history and became a talented collector. In 1859 he made an expedition to Baja California, which was almost unknown at the time. Xantus explored the entire surrounding region and many adjacent islands, he collected numerous unknown species of plants and animals. Baird stated that Xantus made “the addition of a larger number of new animals to our fauna than has been made by one person in any single region of North America before”. Several zoological and botanical taxa have been named for him. In 1862 Xantus was sent to the American consulate in the port of Manzanillo in southern Mexico. The consulate was closed two years later and Xantus returned to Hungary with part of his scientific collection that he later donated to the Hungarian National Museum. He became the appointed director of the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden and worked as a consultant and curator for the Hungarian National Museum. During these years he undertook several collecting trips through Asia and found more species previously unknown to western science.

[Wheat 237.; Graff 4785.; Barrett, Baja California 2681.; Cowan II, p. 697.; Graff 4785.; Holliday 1224.; Howell, California 50:1664.; Sabin 35764 and 105714.]

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