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Palou's Biography of Serra First Edition  

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Relacion Historica de la 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

Paloú, Francisco


Felipe de Zúñiga y Ontiveros



[xxviii], 344 pp. Copperplate engraved portrait. (8vo) 20x15 cm (8x6"), original full vellum, leather ties lacking. First Edition, First Issue, with "PRO" catchword at end of index.

Lacking map; pages 11-16 are lacking and supplied in facsimile.The first biography of the founder of the California Missions. “Miguel José Serra, a native of Petra, on the island of Mallorca, was born Nov. 24, 1713. He took the Franciscan habit in 1730, assuming the name of Junípero, and until 1749 devoted his life in preparation for missionary work. He reached Mexico Dec. 6, of that year, and began immediately the arduous spiritual labors that ended only with his death. His early work in Mexico was for a time in the missionary field of the Sierra Gorda, and later in the College of San Fernando. In 1769, he arrived at San Diego in Alta California, and at that place, on July 17, he founded the first California mission. From this time he was indefatigable, founding many missions, and traveling many miles, always on foot. His end came on Aug. 28, 1784, at San Carlos, the beloved mission that he found June 3, 1770. His closest friend and biographer, Padre Paloú, says of him, that ‘his laborious and exemplary life is nothing but a beautiful field decked with every class of flowers of excellent virtues’”-- Cowan, 1914 ed., pp.171-72; Howes P56; Zamorano 80 #59.

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Pages 11-16 are lacking and supplied in facsimile.

Vellum rippled and soiled; front hinge cracked, title page repaired, some tears—particularly in dedication, some leaves repaired; stains and foxing; about very good.

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