San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1938. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 650 copies, quarto size, 36 pp. Fine / near fine. Item #18032309
The Exposition printed here is an effort by Carlos Antonio Carrillo (1783-1852), Governor of Alta California, to save the California Pious Fund for its original purpose: to fund Jesuit missionaries in California. After the United States acquired California from Mexico, the government wanted to sell the properties of the Fund and put the earnings in the National Treasury; Carrillo strongly opposed this plan, and this book is a printing of his speech made before the Chamber of Deputies, in an attempt to save the missionaries and continue their work in California.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter dark green cloth with green paper boards, white paper spine label with black lettering and ruled borders, black-and-white decorative headpieces throughout; Van Gelder hand-made paper, quarto size (11" by 7.75"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xx [1-2] 3-15 [1 colophon], one of 650 copies, unnumbered. In a dark green paper dust wrapper, with black lettering on the spine.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; extremely minor rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, with some slight soiling on the front free endpaper, else fine. The dust wrapper is near fine, with some slight soiling to the back cover, else fine.
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