PALOU, Francisco (1722-1789). Relación historica de la vida y apostolicas tareas del ... Padre Fray Junípero Serra, y de las misiones que fundó en la California septentrional, y nuevos establecimientos de Monterey. Mexico City: Don Felipe de Zúñiga y Ontiveros, 1787. 8° (190 x 135mm). Engraved portrait of Junipero Serra, engraved folding map of California by Diego Francoso at end. (Folding map with bottom border in facsimile, small clean tear and tiny hole.) Red morocco by Borras, 1947, elaborately tooled in gilt, gilt spine-lettering, turn-ins and edges. Provenance: purchased from José Sala Nadal, 1948.
FIRST EDITION OF 'THE MOST NOTED OF ALL BOOKS RELATING TO CALIFORNIA' (Hill). Second issue, with 'Pro' instead of 'Car' at the end of the index, the map with the text 'Mar Pacifico' added and the text 'A expensas de varios bienhechores' on the title before the imprint. This is the primary source for the life of father Serra and his founding of the California missions, written by his lifelong friend and brother Franciscan. Wheat notes that Francoso's map was published in Mexico City 'to illustrate Father Francisco Palou's celebrated life... This map shows only the California coast and peninsula, with nothing eastward of the mouths of the Colorado and Gila rivers, but while its main purpose was to trace the travels of Father Serra during his years of service along the western coast, it is of interest here because it seems to be the first on which a boundary line was drawn between Lower and Upper California... As will be later noted, the line thus shown was not the boundary eventually established, even at its western end' (Wheat). Cowan p. 171; Graff 3179; Hill pp. 200-221; Howes P-56; Jones 607; Sabin 58392: 'Father Serra's letters to Father Palou give interesting details of the various Indian tribes, their manners and customs, together with descriptions of the country'; Streeter sale IV:2450; Wagner Spanish Southwest 168; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West pp. 128-129 and 208; Zamarano 80, 59; Palau XII, 210789.