14 June 2006
PALOU, Francisco (ca 1722-ca 1789). Relación Historica de la Vida y Apostolicas Tareas del Venerable 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.
8o (201 x 141 mm). Engraved portrait of Junipero Serra, engraved folding map of California by Diego Francoso at end (map with some dampstaining and tape reinforcements on verso). Contemporary mottled calf, gilt-bordered on sides (some light rubbing). Provenance: Jose Ambrosi Carraro (inkstamp on blank flyleaf); Alberti Mariae Carreña (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, second issue, with "Pro" instead of "Car" at the end of the index and the map with the text "Mar Pacifico" added, but without the added text on the title. This is the primary source for the life of father Serra and his founding of the California missions. It was 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 of Father Junipero Serra... 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, pp. 128-129). Cowan p. 171; Graff 3179; Hill pp. 200-221; Howes P-56; Jones 607; Sabin 58932; Streeter sale IV:2450; Wagner Spanish Southwest 168; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West 208; Zamarano 80 59.
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