San Francisco: The Sonora Press, 1932. Fine in Near Fine dust-jacket First Edition. William Wilke, Illus. [8x5.25in]; Brown and gray-blue marbled paper with quarter gray cloth covers, black ink lettering on leather paste down strip on spine, facsimile map of Primeria Alta on end papers, top edge trimmed; Double dust jackets - patterned glassine inner dust jacket, light mustard outer dust jacket with black ink lettering on front, spine and back, brown and yellow panoramic illustration of padre and others on horseback in southwestern desert; , 90 pp.., frontispiece of same illustration as on dust jacket cover; Minor soil spots on surface of outer dust jacket and fading to spine. Item #13217
Eusebio Francisco Kino, (10 August 1645 – 15 March 1711) was an Italian Jesuit, missionary, geographer, explorer, cartographer and astronomer. For the last 24 years of his life he worked in the region then known as the Pimería Alta, modern-day Sonora in Mexico and southern Arizona in the United States. He explored the region and worked with the indigenous Native American population, including primarily the Sobaipuri and other Upper Piman groups. He proved that Baja California is not an island by leading an overland expedition there. By the time of his death he had established 24 missions and visitas (country chapels or visiting stations).