Hong Kong: Libra Press, (1975) - (1987). First Edition, Limited to 350 copies. Complete in 21 volumes plus The California Missions Bibliography. The books are in uniformly fine condition, in dustjackets (light occasional wear). Item #21519
From 1769 to 1823 Spain established twenty-one missions in Alta (or upper) California. These twenty-one missions were charged with converting the natives to Christianity, and provided an important strong-hold for Spain in Alta California. "Monsignor Weber's documentary studies on [the] California missions represent an important contribution that will take their place on the shelves next to the works of Engelhardt and Geiger." - Gary Kurtz, Catholic Historical Review LXVIII. The author, Monsignor Francis J. Weber, is a distinguished Catholic scholar, an Honorary Chaplain to His Holiness the Pope, and the archivist for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the San Fernando Mission, as well as a former professor of history at Queen of Angels Seminary.