San Francisco: The California Promotion Committee | H. S. Crocker Co., Printer, San Francisco, 1909. First Edition. [9.25x6.5in];  11-71 pp., frontispiece of march to Monterey, 5 illustrations including facsimile singed document and first survey map of San Francisco Bay, indices of places and persons; Black clover covers with orange cloth back strip, red label with black lettering on front, brown ink text fore edge untrimmed; Some shelf wear to covers, label, edges and corners, rubbing spots with stain drops and small chips to label, small dents to top and bottom edges, soiling and age darkening of spine, prior owner ink name on front end paper, old offset shadow on title page likely from newspaper articles. [Cowan 193]. Item #13609
Gaspar de Portola (1716-1786) was Spain's governor of California when he commanded a land and sea expedition in 1769 to establish a stronger Spanish presence in Alta California and determine if Monterey or San Francisco Bays would be best to establish a port. The land expeditions started from San Diego to explore to San Francisco Bay, with Portola in leading the second one. Fray Crespi was part of the land expeditions to San Diego, Monterey and San Francisco. His diaries, translated by Herbert Bolton, give the most complete information about the journeys.
Juan Manuel de Ayala (1745-1797) was a Spanish naval officer who played a significant role in the European exploration of California, since he and the crew of his ship the San Carlos are the first Europeans known to have entered the San Francisco Bay.