Leather bound portfolio embossed with gold and decorative etching. Contains Vischer's introductory remarks and description of plates. Portfolio includes a title page replicated on the inside book cover and twelve unbound plates.
Manuscripts; Missions -- History; Church property; Land use; Indians of North America -- California; Statistics
Notes on the Californian Missions, a supplement to Vischer's Pictorial of California. Includes lists of California missions and comparative data; lists of missionary fathers and their autographs; lists of military and ecclesiastical jurisdictions.
Recto: photograph of a portrait by Henrique Medina inscribed, "With the cordial greetings of Robert E. Cowan Aug. 18/33." Verso inscribed by Robert E. Cowan: "Photographed from the portrait in oil, painted by Henrique Medina, of Portugal, November,...
Inscription describes scene as, "A solitary adventure amidst the snowdrifts and precipices of the Sierra Nevada (May 14, 1867) drawn from recollection. The horse rescued next day with the kind assistance of my generous friends of Sierra Valley."