Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1949.
First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. xvi, 491 pp, with frontispiece drawing by Margaret Fearnside depicting the discovery of the Grand Canyon, and 3 folding maps.Original burdundy cloth stamped in gilt. A few scuff marks on the boards, else a fine copy. No dust jacket. Rittenhouse Santa Fe Trail 67: “Considered to be the best work on Coronado since the original documents.” Laird Hopi Bibliography, 227: “Comprehensive survey and history of the Southwest at the time of the Spanish conquest. Includes a very readable account of the first Hopi/Spanish contact.” Throughout his life, Herbert Bolton held a passionate interest in Coronado. This work, well written for easy reading, based upon complete documentation and also previously unused/unknown material, is considered the best work on Coronado. In 1944, after he had retired from teaching for the second time (he had been called back to Berkeley when the war broke out in 1940), Bolton occupied himself with retracing the Coronado and Escalante routes on behalf of the National Park Service. This arduous research was done mostly on horseback when Bolton was in his mid-seventies, and the publication of this work was one of its results. This was Bolton's last book and won the George Bancroft Prize in 1950.