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106. PICCOLO, Francisco María. Informe del Estado de la Nueva Cristiandad de California 1702 y otros documentos. Edición, estudio y notas por Ernest J. Burrus, S.J. Madrid: Ediciones José Porrúa Turanzas, 1962. xxiv, 481 [3] [2, ads] pp., facsimiles, 4 folding maps. 4to, original beige printed wrappers. Slight wear to fragile wraps, otherwise very fine. Exlibris of John Randell Carpenter.

     Limited edition (#126 of 200 copies). Colección Chimalistac, 14. Scholarly, greatly augmented edition of the exceedingly rare original edition published in 1702. Hill 1352: “The Informe is generally considered the first printed account of California.” For citations to the original edition, see: Barrett, Baja California 4303. Graff 3279. Howell, California 50:191. Mathes, Historiography of the Californias: Imprints of the Colonial Period, 1552-1821 #27: “Piccolo provides a detailed report of the first five years of the Jesuit missions in California and a request promoting support for their continuation by their legal representative.” Wagner, Spanish Southwest 74.

     Father Piccolo, third Jesuit missionary to California and founder of its second mission, San Francisco Xavier Viggé, in 1702 was appointed by Father Juan María de Salvatierra, founder of the first mission of the Californias at Loreto and their superior, to serve as the representative of the California enterprise to the outside world. In that year, in Guadalajara, he negotiated supplies and aid to the enterprise. The latter was successful, to a great extent due to the Informe that Piccolo had printed in Mexico City. The first overview of the settlement of California from its inception, this account of the labors of the Jesuits drew such support for the Pious Fund (fund established for the missions and later used in Alta California) that it assured the permanence of the otherwise very tenuous presence of the missionaries in the isolated peninsula. Father Burrus´ edition with supporting documentation is the definitive work on Piccolo and his contribution to the history of California. ($250-500)

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