Mexico: 1759. ,202pp., including engraved frontispiece. Small quarto. Contemporary limp vellum, manuscript title on spine. Spine chipped, light wear to vellum covers. Contemporary ownership inscriptions on blank recto of frontis. Minor chipping to upper corner of frontis, a couple of small wormholes, slightly affecting image. Two leaves in facsimile (Y1-2), two leaves repaired (Y3-4) with portions of the headlines and first two lines of text in facsimile. Light dampstaining at fore-edge of initial leaves, occasional faint foxing. Good plus. Item #30
Scarce second edition of this significant Nahuatl grammar. The first edition was published over a century earlier in 1645 by Juan Ruiz and is very rare; a complete copy has not appeared at auction since 1971. Carochi, born in Florence in the late 16th century, was sent to Mexico after joining the Jesuits, and became the foremost authority on Mexican languages of the 17th century. The present work was edited and abridged by the prominent Mexican-born Jesuit scholar Ignacio de Paredes, himself an influential and prolific teacher of native languages in the 18th century. The frontispiece consists of a famed, elaborate engraving of St. Ignatius by Salvador Hernandez y Zapata. A good copy of this important work.
Garcia Icazbalceta, Lenguas 58. Medina, Mexico 4534. Palau 44871. Pilling 606. Sabin 10954.