San Francisco: Paul Elder and Company, 1913. 1st. Original cloth. First Edition. Small 4to. 89, (1) pp. Tipped-in photographic plates depicting scenes of the old Spanish missions by noted photographers A.C. Vroman, H.C. Tibbitts, Harold A. Parker, W.S. Dassonville, Harold A. Taylor and many more. Printed at Elder's Tomoye Press under the supervision of John Bernhardt Swart. Brown woven burlap spine over tan paper boards with gilt lettering & photo-plate of Mission San Gabriel affixed to front board; publisher's brown paper dustjacket with black lettering. Owner name; light wear to extremities; minor bump to upper front edge else near fine in very good dustjacket (wear to extremities; 2"split to lower front flap fold; small chips to upper front edge and lower rear edge). Item #16943
An Historical and Descriptive Sketch by Paul Elder - Illustrated Chiefly from Photographs by Western Artists. "This volume, filled with delightful sketches in prose, poetry and photography, imparts a sense of some of the piety, charm and color of those wonderful monuments of religious zeal and devotion." - Weber, The California Missions, pg. 30. (Cowan pg. 193; Weber 131).