HISTORICAL MEMOIRS OF NEW CALIFORNIA BY FRAY FRANCISCO PALÓU, O. F. M. TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH FROM THE MANUSCRIPT IN THE ARCHIVES OF MEXICO[.] EDITED BY HERBERT EUGENE BOLTON. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1926. 21.7x15 cm (octavo), four volumes: pp. [i-vi] vii-xix [xx-xxii] xxiii-xci [xcii-xciv] xcv-xcvi [1-3] 4-331 [332: blank]; [i-vi] vii-xii [1-3] 4-390; [i-vi] vii-xi [xii]  2-399 [400: blank]; [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] xv [misnumbered "xiv] [xvi]  2-446 [447-450: blank], 29 inserted plates with maps, facsimiles and illustrations from photographs, 3 inserted folded maps, original blue cloth, spine panels stamped in gold, top edges plain, other edges untrimmed. First complete edition in English. A translation of NOTICIAS DE LA NUEVA CALIFORNIA (published 1856) into English by Bolton from the manuscript in the Archives of Mexico. Compiled by Palóu from diaries, correspondence, and other primary sources, including accounts of the expeditions of Portola, Fathers Serra and Crespi, and others. "From the time of his arrival in Monterey in the fall of 1773 Palóu kept his chronicle more or less regularly for the next ten years. All through the NOTICIAS there is scattered internal evidence that the work was composed thus gradually, from time to time. He arranged it in four parts. In Part I he tells of Franciscan activities in Old California (the Peninsula) from the expulsion of the Jesuits to the time when Palóu closed out Franciscan affairs and came to Monterey. Parts II, III, and IV carry the story of New California to 1783 ... The NOTICIAS is a monumental work, and its writing was a great achievement. Composed by an eyewitness of most of the events he chronicles ... it has the authority of a primary source ... Nearly one-half the work consists of original documents by which his narrative is authenticated. Some of these records are not available now in any other form. Indeed, the NOTICIAS still constitute the best single source for the history of California during its pioneer period, the sixteen years from 1767 to 1783" (Bolton, p. lxx; p. lxxii). Cowan (1933), p. 471. Howes P55. Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, mild rubbing and scuffing to several front and rear panels, a very good copy with a tight, fine interior. (#167033).
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