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59. PALÓU, Francisco (1723-1789). Relación histórica de la vida y apostólicas tareas del Venerable
Padre Fray Junípero Serra, y de las misiones que fundó en la California
septentrional, y nuevos establecimientos de Monterey.... Mexico:
Felipe de Zúñiga y Ontiveros, 1787.  344 pp., copper-engraved allegorical
portrait of Serra performing apostolic labors, folding copper-engraved
map: Californias: Antigua y Nueva Notas. En èsta Carta no se escribn.
los nombrs. de tods. las Yslas, Ptos.
Rios, y demàs, pr. ser hecha pa. solo demostrar
lo qe. andubo, y Misions. qe. fundó
en la Nvã. Califa. el V. P. Fr. Junipero Sèrra, Presidte.
de èllas. La longd. es arreglada al meridiano de S.
Blas. Diego Tronosco Sc. Mexco. ao. 1787...
(25.7 x 35 cm; 10-1/8 x 13-7/8 inches). 8vo, original vellum, spine with
original manuscript lettering in sepia ink. Early inoffensive red and
black library markings on spine. Vellum split in several places along
edges, rawhide ties no longer present, a few clean tears to endpapers
at hinges, but overall a fine, desirable copy, crisp text and strong
impressions of portrait and map. Marca de fuego on upper edges of text
block (probably from the Convento de San Cosme de México). Engraved armorial
bookplate of Manuel Romero de Terreros (“Ex Libris Manuel Romero de
Terreros/March: de Sancto Francisco”). Manuel Romero de Terreros
y Vinent (1880-1968), well-known and widely published specialist in Mexican
colonial history and art, was a professor at Universidad Nacional Autónoma
de México, one of the founders of Academia Mexicana de la Historia, and
the possessor of a superb library. He was a descendant of Pedro Romero
de Terreros, Conde de Regla (1710-1781), benefactor of the Franciscan
colleges of Santa Cruz de Querétaro and Guadalupe de Zacatecas (Texas
missions), founder of Monte de Piedad, etc. See Diccionario Porrúa.
|59A. PALÓU, Francisco. Francisco
Palóu’s Life and Apostolic Labors of the Venerable Father Junípero Serra,
Founder of the Franciscan Missions of California, with an Introduction
and Notes by George Wharton James.... English Translation by C. Scott
Williams. Pasadena, California: [Printed by R. R. Donnelley and Sons
Company, at the Lakeside Press, Chicago, for] George Wharton James, 1913.
xxxiv, 338  pp., plates (included in pagination), folding map. 8vo,
original brown cloth. Fine.
First complete edition in English. Barrett, Baja California 1943. Cowan II, p. 471. Howes P56. For more on editor George Wharton James (1858-1923), see Hart, Companion to California and Thrapp II, p. 720. ($50-100)
|59B. PALÓU, Francisco. The Expedition
into California of the Venerable Padre Fray Junípero Serra and His
Companions in the Year 1769...and Hitherto Unpublished Letters of Serra,
Palóu, and Galvéz. The Whole Newly Translated and Arranged...by Douglas
S. Watson.... San Francisco: Nueva California Press, 1934.  iii
[1, blank] 124 [1, colophon] pp., frontispiece portrait (sepia halftone
after portrait of Father Serra in the original edition), 4 facsimiles,
folding map. 4to, original half vellum over gold boards printed in terracotta,
spine lettered in terracotta. Very fine in lightly worn d.j.
Limited edition (#152 of 400 copies, signed by editor and with the facsimiles that did not appear in the trade edition). Howell 50, California 180. Rocq 17070. ($75-150)
59C. [PALÓU, Francisco]. [MAGEE, David]. An Original
Leaf from Francisco Palóu’s “Life of the Venerable Father Junípero Serra”
1787: A Keepsake Presented by the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco on
the Occasion of Their Visit to The Zamorano Club of Los Angeles September
20-21, 1958. [San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1958].  leaves, original
leaf from the first edition of Palóu’s Relación histórica
de la vida y apostólicas tareas del Venerable Padre Fray Junípero Serra
(see Item 59 above) tipped onto leaf  (pp. 159/160, with text referring
to the Anza expedition and Monterey), gilt and red initial letter on
leaf . Folio, original stiff cream paper wrappers, upper cover with
red label printed in gilt. Very fine.
Item 59. Marca de fuego on top fore-edges.
Miguel José Serra was born at Petra, Majorca, in 1713
and entered the Franciscan Order at Palma in 1730, taking the religious
name of Junípero. Following his religious and philosophical studies and
ordination, he served as professor of philosophy from 1740 to 1743 at
the Convento de San Francisco where his students included Francisco Palóu
and Juan Crespí. Serra received his doctorate in theology at the Universidad
Lluliana in Palma in 1742 and served on the faculty there from 1744
to 1749, when he volunteered to serve in the American missions. Accompanied
by Palóu and thus initiating a lifelong companionship, Serra landed
in Veracruz and proceeded to Mexico City, reaching the Colegio de San
Fernando on January 1, 1750. Six months later, Serra and Palóu volunteered
to serve in the missions to the Pame in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro
where they served for eight years. During this period, the Franciscans
enjoyed great success and Serra and Palóu became experienced missionaries
to Indians. Recalled to Mexico City in 1758, he remained at San Fernando
in various posts until 1767 when he was informed that he was to assume
the presidency of the missions of California vacated by the expelled
Society of Jesus.
——W. Michael Mathes