San Francisco: P.E. Dougherty & Co., 1884. 1st. Half leather. First Edition. Small 8vo. 32 pp. Frontispiece portrait of Serra. Ownership signature of Raymundi M. Mestres to ffep. Raymundi most likely was Monsignor Ramon M. Mestres who served for thirty-seven years as administrative of the San Carlos Catholic parish of Monterey, gaining widespread recognition through his work in restoring the historic Carmel Mission. His name became familiar nationally during the Hoover-Smith Presidential campaign, when it became known that it was Father Mestres who married Miss Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover at Monterey in 1899. Half maroon leather spine over maroon pebbled boards with gilt ruling & lettering; original tan printed wrappers bound in. Minor wear to extremities; slight scuffing to spine; minor foxing; a near fine copy; bound in wrappers are as new. Item #2001
'This rare work was prepared for the occasion of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Junipero Serra, the founder of the first mission in California." - Weber, California Catholic History, pg. 64). The contents comprise: Padre Junipero Serra; The Founding, Progress, and Decay of the Mission of San Carlos del Carmelo; Father Casanova; Locating the Grave of Padre Junipero Serra; Restoration of the Mission Church of San Carlos de Carmelo. (Cowan II, pg. 679; Howes W-366; Rocq 5609; Weber, The California Missions, pg. 121).