5 December 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 21,250
Estimate USD 800 - USD 1,200
MOLINA, Alonso de (1496-1584). Vocabulario en lengua Castellana y Mexicana. Mexico: Antonio de Spinosa, 1571.
Two parts in one, 2o (270 x 191 mm). Woodcut escutcheon on first title, woodcut portrait of Saint Francis on second title, woodcut initials. (Lacking final two leaves V9-10 [supplied in printed facsimile], a few marginal repairs, V6-8 with small hole at center with loss of some letters, some pale staining at beginning.) 19th-century quarter red morocco (slightly rubbed). Provenance: some early marginalia on a few leaves.
Second edition of THE FIRST DICTIONARY OF THE NEW WORLD, in Spanish and Nahuatl, the Aztec language. "This second and enlarged edition is so scarce that forty years ago Lord Kingsborough paid 50 guineas for it. The Buyer should be careful to secure a copy with title-pages to both parts, for sometimes the first title-page being dificient the enterprise of a dealer induces him to put the second in its place, as it reads nearly the same; the woodcut however, represents San Francisco, and differs from the escutcheon on the first title. Rich and other bibliographers erroneously supposed that this was the first book printed in America" (Sabin).
RARE in any condition. Only eight copies of the second edition have sold in the last thirty years according to American Book Prices Current, and of those four were incomplete. The first edition of 1555 has sold just twice at auction in the last thirty years, according to American Book Prices Current. Church 116; Huntington, Mexico in the 16th Century 1; Icazbalceta 49; JCB I:246; Medina I:65; Palau 174352; Pilling 2601; Sabin 49867; Wagner 60.
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