San Francisco: Herald Office, 1855. 104,pp. Contemporary purple calf, tooled in gilt, title lettered in gilt on front board. Boards a bit sunned, shelfworn and rubbed, backstrip chipped and worn, hinges reinforced. Three bookplates on front pastedown, ink stamp of Saint Rose's Convent of San Francisco on titlepage and in margin of eight text pages. Small puncture hole in lower portion of front board, carrying on into lower margin of most of the text leaves. Scattered minor foxing. Good. In a brown cloth slipcase. Item #WRCAM52157C
The scarce first English-language edition of Figueroa's defense of his conduct in a California colonization plan, following the extremely rare first edition of 1835, which was the first book-length imprint from Agustin Zamorano's pioneer California press. This copy is bound in contemporary purple sheep, as is often found; other copies are known in printed wrappers.
Hijar and Padres planned an ambitious project of colonizing California in the early 1830s, which brought to California many families who played a prominent role in the development of the province. The Mexican government secularized the missions in 1833, and the expectation was that the families would take possession of the mission lands. Hijar and Padres themselves expected to be given governmental positions of importance. Orders from Mexico countermanded the promises, and Figueroa, governor of California, refused to hand over the lands, for which he was criticized.
This edition is quite rare, and Howes affords it a "c" rating. COWAN, p.210. GRAFF 1320. GREENWOOD 562. HOWES F122, "c." JONES 1330. SABIN 98728. STREETER SALE 2784. ZAMORANO 80, 37 (note).