Item #76619 Manifesto, Which the General of Brigade, Don Jose Figueroa, Jose FIGUEROA.

Manifesto, Which the General of Brigade, Don Jose Figueroa,

Item #76619

FIGUEROA, Jose. The Manifesto, Which the General of Brigade, Don Jose Figueroa, Commandant-General And Political Chief Of U. California, Makes To The Mexican Republic, In Regard To His Conduct And That Of The Snrs. D. Jose Maria De Hijars And D. Jose Maria Padres, As Directors Of Colonization In 1833 And 1834. San Francisco: Herald Office, 1855. 104,[1]pp. Original printed wrappers, stitched. Additional old stab holes, some rubbing and soiling to wrappers, soft crease to bottom corner, effaced stamp on front wrapper. Moderate foxing throughout, bump to fore edge. About very good. In a tan buckram chemise and slipcase, spine gilt. The scarce first English-language edition of Figueroa's defense of his conduct in a California colonization plan, following the extremely rare first edition of 1835, which was the first book-length imprint from Agustin Zamorano's pioneer California press. This copy comes in the rare printed wrappers, with the front wrapper reading, MISSIONS TO CALIFORNIA. A TRANSLATION OF GOV'R FIGUEROA'S MANIFESTO, PRINTED IN MONTEREY, IN 1835, BY AGUSTIN V. ZAMORANO and including the Herald Office imprint at bottom. Hijar and Padres planned an ambitious project of colonizing California in the early 1830s, which brought to California many families who played a prominent role in the development of the province. The Mexican government secularized the missions in 1833, and the expectation was that the families would take possession of the mission lands. Hijar and Padres themselves expected to be given governmental positions of importance. Orders from Mexico countermanded the promises, and Figueroa, governor of California, refused to hand over the lands, for which he was criticized. This edition is quite rare, and Howes affords it a "c" rating. Rarer still are copies found in the original wrappers. The Streeter copy, also in wrappers, sold to Michael Ginsberg for $375 in 1968. COWAN, p.210. GRAFF 1320. GREENWOOD 562. HOWES F122, "c." JONES 1330. SABIN 98728. STREETER SALE 2784. ZAMORANO 80, 37 (note).

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