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Compendio del arte de la lengua mexicana.
Mexico: Bibliotheca Mexicana 4to (21 cm, 8"). Frontis., [12] ff., 202 pp., plt.. 1759 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 propriedad por el P. Ignacio de Paredes," bears an elaborate emblematic frontispiece engraved by Zapata — also in a classical tradition — showing St. Ignatius teaching the peoples of the world. Provenance: 18th-century ownership inscription, "Del uso del B. Ygnacio Rendon"; note in French "Se vend en 1874, 300 francs"; 19th-century bookplates of "Museum Bollandianum," one marked in pen "double. Contemporary limp vellum, remnants of ties. Pages mostly clean and white, with a very few showing small spots of foxing. A very satisfactory copy.
      [Bookseller: Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co]
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