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8vo. Blue cloth with brown spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 468pp. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with spine ever-so-faintly sunned. Quite handsome and tight first edition of this (to cite front jacket flap) "historical romance...its theme is the devotion and heroism of early Spanish missionaries in Mexico and California" and the work of Franciscan padre Francisco Garces (1738-81) throughout the southwest. This copy bears fine autograph addition: Tipped to front flyleaf is a 4" X 5½" greeting card with front showing a wooded wintry setting and "Christmas Greetings, " while below the printed holiday message on the inner panel White signs in full in blue ink in her incredibly miniscule hand. White (1896-1967) was the truly extraordinary University of Wisconsin professor, novelist and literary critic--first female full professor in their College of Letters and Science, first female president of the University Club, first female elected president of the American Association of University Professors, etc., etc. Her half dozen novels are well-regarded historical fiction with religious themes.
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