PALOU, FRANCISCO. 1722?-1789? Relacion historica de al vida y apostolicas tareas del venerable Padre Fray Junipero Serra y de las Misiones que fundo en la California Septentrional, y nuevos establecimientos de Monterey. Mexico: Don Felipe de Zuniga y Ontiveros, 1787.
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PALOU, FRANCISCO. 1722?-1789?
Relacion historica de al vida y apostolicas tareas del venerable Padre Fray Junipero Serra y de las Misiones que fundo en la California Septentrional, y nuevos establecimientos de Monterey. Mexico: Don Felipe de Zuniga y Ontiveros, 1787.
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PALOU, FRANCISCO. 1722?-1789?
Relacion historica de al vida y apostolicas tareas del venerable Padre Fray Junipero Serra y de las Misiones que fundo en la California Septentrional, y nuevos establecimientos de Monterey. Mexico: Don Felipe de Zuniga y Ontiveros, 1787.
4to (196 x 144 mm). [28], 344 pp. Engraved portrait of Serra, engraved folding map. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, lacking ties, front hinge started.
Provenance: Libreria de Colegio de nuestra Senora de Guadalupe de Zacatecas (branded on top page edges, inscription, call numbers in early ink to spine); J.F. Ramirez (stamp on title); Alfredo Chavero (stamp on title).

FIRST EDITION, issue with "pro-" at end of index and "Mar Pacifico" on the map. Fathers Serra and Palou, both from Mallorca, were among the earliest of the Catholic missionaries sent to California. They arrived in 1740 and worked to establish the first missions there. The volume is chiefly composed from letters sent to Father Palou by Father Serra. They give not only an account of the founding of the missions but interesting details of the various Indian tribes, their manners and customs, together with descriptions of the country. This is the primary source of the life of Serra. The map, California antigua y nueva by Diego Froncoso, includes a dotted line representing the mission trail from the Baja Peninsula to San Francisco. Barrett 1947; Cowan II p 472; Graff 3179; Howes P56; Sabin 58392, Streeter sale 2450; Zamorano 80 59.
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