PalÃ³u's Life of Fray Junipero Serra
Publisher: Academy of Franciscan History
Place: Washington, DC
xxx+547 pages with frontispiece and five other plates, appendix, bibliography and index. Small Quarto (10 1/4" x 7") issued in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and insignia on front cover. Translated and annotated by Maynard J Geiger. signed by Geiger. Publications of the Academy of American Franciscan History Documentary Series, Volume 3. 1st edition.
Francisco Palou (1723ï¿½1789) was a Franciscan missionary, administrator, and historian on the Baja California peninsula and in Alta California. Father Palou's contributions to the Californian and Mexican monastery movement are vast. Along with his mentor, Junipero Serra, Palou worked to build numerous missions throughout Mexico and California, many of which still exist today. A member of the Franciscan Order, Palou eventually became the superior or "Presidente" of the missions in Baja California, and then eventually of Upper California as well. Palou's accomplishments span from his early twenties to his death at the age of 66.According to his biographer, Herbert E. Bolton "Fray Palou was a diligent student, devout Christian, loyal disciple, tireless traveler, zealous missionary, firm defender of the faith, resourceful pioneer, successful mission builder, able administrator, and fair minded historian of California." Palou is particularly noted for his pious biography of Serra and for his multi-volume early history of the Californias.
Light extremity wear, Geiger's signature on half title page a very attractive copy.
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