Washington, D.C.: Academyof American Franciscan History, 1955. First edition. original blue cloth lettered in gilt. Fine/pictorial dust jacket (head of spine slight loss of paper, small tear lower end of front panel). Quarto. Illustrated "Art work in the Old Missions was not merely ornamental. It was a visual aid employed in the Christian instruction of the Indians. The padres were always adding to the mission collections with appropriate foreign reproductions and pieces done by the natives themselves. With the secularization of the Missions and their gradual abandonment, more and more of these treasures found their way to Mission Santa Barbara, and it has become a rich depository of early California art." -from the dust jacket. (Inventory #: 33432)
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