Photograph of a mid-17th-century French map showing California (or Baja California) as an island, 1903. Bounded by: "Neuvo Mexico" (north), "Las Tres Marias" (south), "Mer de Sud" (west), "Taof"... (east). Photographed from a portion of a map in the Los Angeles Public Library, bearing description as follows: "Le Nouveau Mesique et La Floride Tirees de deverp cartes, et Relations par N. Sauson d'Abbeville, George Ord re du Roy a Paris -- chez Pierre Mariette, Rue S. Jacques a l'epperance avec Privilege du Roy pour vingt-ans, 1656". Other prominent features: "Ligne sous le Tropicque du Cancer", "Mar Vermeio", "Apaches de Xila", "Apaches de Nava"..., "Marata Re".... Published 1656.; "The first Californian who ever went to heaven, according to records in the Huntington Library, was an Indian who died Nov. 22, 1683. This fact is vouched for in a letter just discovered among the manuscripts in the library by Leslie E. Bliss, librarian. The letter is signed by a Jesuit Father, Eusobio Francisco Kino, mathematician, astronomer and man of God. Twenty-five of Father Kino's letters were found in the files in one of which he explains that he came here 'to determine whether this be indeed an island or a peninsula!" -- newspaper clipping.