Pasadena, CA: George Wharton James, 1913. Very Good. First Edition. C. Scott Williams, Translator. Pasadena, CA: George Wharton James [self published]; 1913; First Edition [translation of 1787 work by Francisco Palou by C. Scott Williams] [6.25x8.75”]; Light Brown cloth covers with gilt lettering on front and spine, gilt lines on spine, all edges trimmed; xii [introduction to English translation] xiii-xxxiv [table of contents, Palou dedicatory letter and prologue], 338 pp., tipped in facsimile of 1787 The Californias, Old and New [translated with notes] in back; Some shelf wear, corners bumped and frayed, top and bottom of spine rubbed and frayed, rear hinge cracked and loose, offset on xxi, bookplates on front end paper of Arthur Burnett Benton (1858-1927), a noted Los Angeles Architect and Joseph Gregg Layne (1885-1952), businessman, author and editor. Overall condition is Very Good. Item #13184
George Wharton James (1858-1923) was an American lecturer, photographer, journalist, naturalists, anthropologists, writer and editor. Francisco Palou (1723-1789) was a Spanish Franciscan missionary, administrator and historian on the Baja California peninsula and in Alta California. Herbert E. Bolton said, "Fray Palóu was a diligent student, devout Christian, loyal disciple, tireless traveler, zealous missionary, firm defender of the faith, resourceful pioneer, successful mission builder, able administrator, and fair minded historian of California". Palóu is particularly noted for his pious biography of Junipero Serra (1713-1784). The bookplate of Joseph Gregg Layne, was an author and editor of several works about California history, such as, The Ghost Towns of the Mother Lode, A Short History of the University of California at Los Angeles, 1943, Co-author: Zamorano Eighty-A California Bibliography, 1945.