Historical Memoirs of California with Palou and His Writings
Publisher: University of California Press
5 volumes. xcvi+331 pages with frontispiece, folding map and plates; xii+390 pages with frontispiece, folding map and plates; xi+399 pages with frontispiece and plates; xiv+446 pages with maps, plates, appendices and index; xcvi pages with frontispiece and plates. Octavo (8 3/4" x 6 1/4") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine in deckle edges. Translated from the manuscript in the Arcives of Mexico, and edited by Herbert Eugene Bolton. University of California Press Berkeley. Inscribed by the author in volume five Palou and His Writings. First edition.
The offset printing of the Introduction to Palou's New California makes of the fivth volume which was originally in four volumes with 1700 pages, with 32 maps and illustrations.
Francisco Palóu (1723–1789) was a Spanish Franciscan missionary, administrator and historian on the Baja California Peninsula and in Alta California. Palóu made significant contributions to the Alta California and Baja California mission systems. Along with his mentor, Junípero Serra, Palóu worked to build numerous missions throughout Alta and Baja California, many structures of which still stand today. A member of the Franciscan Order, Palóu became "Presidente" of the missions in Baja California, and later of missions of Alta California. Palóu's work in the Spanish mission system spans from his early twenties to his death at the age of 66.
Inscribed "To Sidney H Ehrman with sincere friendship Berkeley, May 26, 1927". Some staining to page ends to volume five, unread with pages still to be cut else a near fine set. Due to the size and/or weight of this lot extra shipping and/or handling charges may apply.
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