Owen da Silva (b. 1907).
Title Mission Music of California: A Collection of Old California Mission Hymns and Masses.
Book Condition Collectible: Very Good
Edition First Edition
Publisher Los Angeles, CA: Warren F. Lewis, 1941
Seller ID CYG215-001
PATRONS LIMITED EDITION of 1,000 copies, this is number 240, typography by Hobart O. Skofield, printed from Linotype Fairfield on Strathmore Pastelle paper. Includes accompaniments and chriography by Arthur M. Bienbar, mission sketches by Paul A. Moore, and with an Introduction by John Steven McGroarty, historian, and poet Laureate of California. 4to. 13 x 9 11/16 inches. (xx), (140) pp. Half-title, black-and-white frontispiece of the music manuscripts at Old Mission Santa Barbara, illustrated title-page within a decorative border with stave lines printed in red, decorative initials throughout the text with illustrations by Paul A. Moore, 11 plates, bibliography, index; text unmarked. Quarter tan burlap, green paper over boards, front cover titled in gilt, pictorial label on front cover, added mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight, corners bumped, light toning to extremities of boards, shelf wear to lower edge. Bookplate of Katharine Stanley-Brown and Rudolph Stanley-Brown on front paste-down and gift inscription "Katharine Stanley-Brown from Mary Garfield Stanley-Brown, April - 30 - 1942" on front free end-paper. Very Good. This is the first and "only single-volume work dedicated to music during the mission period and still is a bedrock of valuable information. Any author could be proud if his or her work remained as useful as da Silva's tome, sixty years after its initial printing." Russell, From Serra to Sancho: Music and Pageantry in the California Missions, p. 5. Russell goes on to note a number of errors in Da Silva's text, errors that have come to be accepted and repeated at almost any mission tour one takes in the Golden State. "A remarkable pioneering undertaking.... Most valuable, even today, is da Silva's control over the contents of the many music manuscript sources which have survived." Snow, Encomium Musicae, p. 130. Father da Silva was born in Santa Barbara, California, where he attended St. Anthony's seminary. He took the Franciscan habit in 1924, and was a co-founder of the Serra Retreat at Malibu Beach. PROVENANCE: Rudolph Stanley-Brown (1889-1944) was a grandson of President James A. Garfield, educated at Yale and Columbia, and practiced architecture on the East Coast. He married Katherine Schermerhorn Oliver on June 7, 1922.
Owen da Silva, Mission Music of California A Collection of Old California Mission Hymns and Masses, Arthur M. Bienbar, Paul A. Moore, John Steven McGroarty, California Missions, California Local History