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Neve y Molina, Luis de. Reglas de orthographia, diccionario, y arte del idioma othomi. Mexico: Bibliotheca Mexicana, 1767. Small 8vo.  ff., 160 pp., engr. leaf of errata, lacks the engr. frontis. $2,500.00
Otomí is one of the principal languages spoken in Central Mexico, and this work, more than any other, standardized its orthography; it is also the classic Otomí grammar and dictionary, and is by a man some authorities believe to have been himself an Otomí Indian, or at least of Otomí heritage. It was written during the mid-18th-century renaissance of linguistic study of the languages of Mexico, and Palau considers it "muy rara." (It is much rarer on the market, in our experience, than similarly important works in Nahuatl.)
Both the engraved frontispiece (which, as often, is lacking here) and the handsome, elaborately engraved errata leaf (which is here present) are signed by => the engraver Jose Francisco Gómez.
=> The Bibliotheca Mexicana was the private press of the great bibliographer, writer, and secular cleric Juan Jose de Eguiara y Eguren.
Provenance: Small, round, ownership stamp of Michael Mathes in upper inner corner of the verso of the title-leaf.
Medina, Mexico, 5174; García Icazbalceta, Lenguas, 55; Viñaza 356; Maggs, Bibl. Amer., II, 2154; Sabin 52413; Palau 190159; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 2738; Ugarte, Obras escritas en lenguas indigenas de Mexico, 263. Marbled paper of the 18th century supplied as wrappers in 20th century; front free endpaper supplied from a different book. Old, very light waterstaining in some sections and a bit of foxing; errata leaf closely trimmed affecting border and some line numbers but not, rather remarkably, the engraver's minute signature. Overall => a decent copy of an important book scarce on the market. (41578) Please RESHELVE This.
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