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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
California history, based on Hale's famous article in the Atlantic.
That article, curiously enough, is not listed at all in the bibli-
ography, though it appeared in separate form, and was republished
with the collection by Hale called His Level Best (Boston, 1872),
Passing to the other extreme of the time limit, one finds that
1906 is not an inclusive date, no items beyond 1905 being listed,
with a single notable exception-the Bibliography of the Chinese
Question in the United States (San Francisco, 1909). This item
is preferred for inclusion to a great mass of Californiana pub-
lished since 1905, presumably either because of Mr. Cowan's in-
terest in his own work or because of its obvious importance, neither
reason being adequate in the presence of the many California
items published since 1905, a number of which have secured rec-
ognition generally, and might easily have been listed.
As to the geographical area included in the bibliography, those
parts of the West outside California are not consistently repre-
sented, though many important items are included. For instance,
among Oregon items some of the works of Gustavus Hines are
listed, though his A Voyage Around the World, with a History of
the Oregon Mission (Buffalo, 1850) is conspicuously absent.
Among Lower California (New York, 1865) finds no place,
though the earlier works are given.
On the basis of its interest "to the student of California history
in its broader sense," the bibliography leaves still more to be
desired. Take, for an example, the literature of Cort6s in Lower
California. One is left to infer that Flavigny's translation of
the letters is the sole worthy representative of that important
material. The omission of Ramusio, Raccolta della navigazioni;
G6mara, Crdnica de la historia de Nueva Espafa; Torquemada,
Monarchia Indiana; and Lorenzana, Historia de Nueva Espana,
shows that the historical connection between New Spain and Cali-
fornia has not been carefully considered nor its literature thought-
Passing to later topics, one finds inadequate representation in
many fields. The Chinese question has been adequately treated
in the bibliography of that subject already alluded to, lightening
that burden for the present work. But Pacific railroad literature
is very scant; though the earliest items are included, later im-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915, periodical, 1915; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101064/m1/334/: accessed June 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.