The Second Selection of Magnificent American historical Documents from the James S. Copley Library features an abundance of material relating to the American West, particularly Mr. Copley's adopted state of California. The second session of the auction, "The West, including Texas, Mexico, California, and Hawaii," is arranged chronologically and traces the settlement and development of the region from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. Prominent among the earlier manuscripts is an autograph document signed by Fr. Junipero Serra, 1777, listing the chain of Jesuit missions established under his direction in California (lot 722). The Zamorano Club has called this vital document "Alta California's First Census and Directory." Another significant manuscript from the same period is a fine contemporary pen-and-ink version of Juan Pantoja y Arriaga's "Plano del Puerto de San Diego," the first reliable chart of San Diego Bay (lot 723).
The 15 October Copley sale also includes more and more significant printed books than its predecessor, including the first edition of the History of the Expedition of the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark(Philadelphia, 1814), with a fine impression of the scarce map (lot 733); the Thomas Streeter copy of Duflot de Mofras's Exploration du territoire de l'Orégon, des Californies (Paris, 1844; lot 747); John Wodehouse Audubon's Illustrated Notes of an Expedition through Mexico and California (New York, 1852), evidently only the third copy to appear at auction since 1929; and a presentation copy of Reid's Tramp; or, A Journal of Ten Months Travel through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Sonora, and California (Selma, 1858; lot 797).
But letters, documents, and other manuscripts are predominant in the sale, with examples signed by western figures such as William Clark, Kit Carson, George Donner, and John Sutter. The sale also contains a small selection of Civil War manuscripts, and, of course, a large compliment of Revolutionary patriots is also included: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Paul Jones, Thomas Paine, William Hooper, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin, among others.