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Carochi, Horacio. Compendio del arte de la lengua mexicana. Mexico: Bibliotheca Mexicana, 1759. 4to (20.5cm, 9.84"). Frontis., [11 of 12] ff., 202 pp., illus. (two leaves in facsimile, lacks a leaf of prelims.). $1,675.00
This is the second edition of Carochi's grammar, and as such is => the first edited and improved by Paredes; the first edition appeared in 1645 and is a very rare book. The work is widely held to be the best Nahuatl grammar in the classical tradition; Dra. H. de León-Portilla calls it a "Resumen conciso de lo más sobresaliente expuesto por Carochi." Carochi, an Italian Jesuit missionary, is considered to have been one of the three best scholars of the colonial era to turn his attention to the study of the native languages of Mexico.
This edition of his work, "Dispuesto con brevedad, claridad, y propria edad por el P. Ignacio de Paredes," bears the famous and elaborate emblematic frontispiece engraved by Zapata — also in a classical tradition — showing St. Ignatius teaching the peoples of the world.
Provenance: 20th-century bookplate of Jose Ramon de Velasco; later owned by Lic. Manuel Cervantes; later he donated it to the Universidad de Guanajuato. Communications with the library indicate the book was released properly.
Medina, Mexico, 4534; Viñaza 345; García Icazbalceta, Lenguas, 58; H. de León-Portilla, Tepuztlahcuilolli, 2083; Sabin 10954; Palau 44871; DeBacker-Sommervogel, VI, 212 (but also see II, 761); Pilling 606; Ugarte, Obras escritas en lenguas indigenas de Mexico, 88. 19th-century Mexican half leather, gilt spine; floral-pattern, ribbon-embossed paper side; leather of corners and board edges worn. Multiple private- and library-ownership stamps on title-page and on two other pages, with show-through to versos; some marginal brown staining at beginning and end of volume, on a few early leaves entering type area. (41367) Please RESHELVE This.
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