Publisher: San Francisco: Published by Le Count & Strong, 1853.
Edition: First edition in book form, preceded by its appearance in the San Francisco Herald, in May 1853.
Bibliographical References: Cowan, pages 629-630; Greenwood 426; Sabin 94437.
Condition: Some foxing, particularly to the title; very good copy. Rare.
Book ID: 28001
Description4to, later black full morocco, gilt lettering. 19 pages.
CommentsThe first account in English of Juan Rodiguez Cabrillo's famous voyage to California, during which he explored the coast from San Diego to Point Reyes, north of the entrance to the San Francisco Bay. Taylor's Discovery of California is also "the first true work of California history to be printed in California" - Greenwood. Alexander S. Taylor (1818-1876) was an intriguing and eccentric historian of California, who worked with limited scholarly resources. Among his other projects was the compilation of the first bibliography of California, Bibliografa Californica, which like his history of Cabrillo's voyage, was first published in a newspaper, the Sacramento Daily Union. For a good account of Taylor, see Kevin Starr's Clio on the Coast, The Writing of California History, 1845-1945.