PALOU, Padre Francisco (1723-1789)
Father Serra and the Mission Impact on Alta California Established the Framework for the Development of California
Palou was a student of Father Serra’s in Mallorca, Spain and life-long companions in the Franciscan ministry in Mexico and California. After seven years of successful ministry with the indigenous people of Mexico, Serra and Palou sailed from San Blas to Loreto, Baja California in 1768. In 1769 Serra marched northward with Captain Gaspar de Portola and this sacred mission destined to be the foundation of Alta California. For the next 15 years Serra with the assistance from many Franciscan Padres established the chain of missions and early settlement up and down the El Camino Real. Serra maintained his administrative role from San Carlos Borromeo (Carmel) and was joined by Palou in 1774. Palou served as missionary in San Francisco de Asis (Dolores) from 1776-1785. At the time of Serra’s death on August 28, 1774, Palou administered the viaticum to his beloved professor and friend.
This edition provides a brief history of Serra’s hard work, pious faith, and many efforts to minister to the indigenous peoples of California. The efforts of Serra, the Franciscan order, and Spanish government established the framework of the founding of California.
San Francisco: P.E. Dougherty & Co., 1884, First Edition, Translated by the Very Reverend J. Adam, First Edition in English. 156 pages. Copyright slip tipped in and errata slip tipped in back. Covers very clean in original purple printed cloth with black embossed titles. Although a brief compilation, this is an important translation of selected chapters from the first important work on the establishment of upper California.
Sloan: Volkmann, HOWES P-56.cites an 1874 translation, Cowan, pp. 471-472 cites this edition
Zamorano 80: Number 59
Near Fine Edition Housed in a Beautiful Custom Clamshell Case