8 December 2015
GRANADOS Y GALVEZ, Joseph Joaquin (1734-1794). Tardes Americanas: gobierno gentil y catolico: breve y particular noticia de toda la historia indiana: Sucesos, casos notables, y cosas ignoradas, desde la entrada de la Gran Nacion Tulteca a esta tierra de Anahuac, hasta los presentes tiempos. Trabajadas por un indio, y un espanol. Mexico: En la nueva Imprenta Matritense de Felipe de Zuniga y Ontiveros, 1778.
Small 4° (190 x 144 mm). 3 engraving plates, woodcut in text, engraved coat of arms on first page of introduction. (Minor worming to 16 leaves of the preliminaries, not affecting text; some traces of dampstaining at beginning and end.) 19th-century Mexican half calf over green pebbled boards, smooth spine gilt, sprinkled edges. Provenance: Dr. Manuel Ramirez de Arellano (1836-1881) bibliophile, who had the misfortune to be shot by the forces of Pancho Villa in Saltillo (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. "This interesting history of ancient Mexico, written in the form of a dialogue between an Indian and a Spaniard, and divided into seventeen 'Nights,' is very little known in Europe, and is very rare in Mexico. The author held several important offices in the latter country, among which was the superintendence of the Missions among the Mexican Indians... On pp. 90-94 will be found a fragment of Aztec poetry, written by a poet of the euphonious name Notzahaulcoyotl, and translated into Spanish by the author. One of the most curious subjects treated in this work is that of the Mexican Calendar with the names of the days in Mexican and in Spanish" (Field 620). Medina 7000; Palau 108425.
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