Mexigo [sic]: Impenta [sic] de Pedro Murguia, 1864. -238pp. plus five leaves of appendix and index. Lacks half title. Modern half calf and marbled boards, spine gilt with raised bands. Small chips to upper margin of titlepage and first few leaves (not affecting text), light soiling to titlepage, occasional light tidelines to upper gutter textblock. Light tanning and occasional foxing throughout. Good plus. Item #WRCAM56183
First Spanish edition of this history of early missionary activities of the Spanish in Arizona and California, mainly dealing with the period from Kino and Salviaterra through the establishment of the missions. This is the second edition overall, translated by German Madrid y Ormaechea from the French, HISTOIRE CHRÉTIENNE DE LA CALIFORNIE (Plancy, 1851). The identity of the author, Madame la Comtesse de***, remains unknown. Howes collates this incorrectly, calling for 238 pages and five plates. This is evidently a mistranscription of five leaves, which are found at the end of this copy and the Yale copy, and which Howes does not mention. Further, the Yale copy is in a contemporary binding with no evidence of plates ever having been present, nor are they mentioned on the Library of Congress card. This edition, like the first, is uncommon. HOWES C61. SABIN 32032. COWAN p. 282 (French ed).