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Noticia de la lengua huasteca ... con cathecismo, y doctrina christiana para su instruccion ... enchiridion sacramental para su administracion, con todo lo que parece necessario hablar en ella los neoministros y copioso diccionario para facilitar su inteligencia.
Mexico: En la Imprenta de la Bibliotheca Mexicana 4to (20 cm, 7.785"). [5] ff., 128 pp.. 1767 Huastec is the northernmost dialect of the Maya language. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was spoken in Puebla, Veracruz, and San Luis Potosí. Works of any category in this language are rarely found, this being => the first surviving published grammar and the first dictionary. The catechism is bilingual (Spanish and Huastec) as is the doctrine. Both are important for the study of moral and doctrinal concerns by the clergy among the indigenous population. Tapia Zenteno was not only an important Mexican linguist and professor of Mexican languages at the Royal and Pontifical University, but was also a comisario for the Inquisition. This work of his is dedicated to Archbishop Francisco Antonio Lorenzana, a man deeply interested in the indigenous culture and the conquest of it, and the man who produced Cortés's letters in a fine and wonderfully illustrated edition in Mexico in 1770. He also paid for the publication of this work, and his coat of arms appears at the top of the Dedication in an engraving by Manuel Villavicencio, one of Mexico's finest engravers. The volume is handsomely printed, with a nicely composed typographic border to its title-page, an elegant headpiece and a scenic initial "E" on its p. 1, and a modest but charming typographic "surround" for its final leaf's "O MARIA." Provenance: Marca de fuego on upper edges of closed book, most likely of the Franciscan Convento de Santa María Magdalena de San Martín Texmelucan, Puebla; early 19th-century pressure-stamp of a private Spanish-language collector on title-page; faint 19th-century case and shelf rubber-stamp in English on front free endpaper. Contemporary limp vellum lacking the leather ties. An attractive, crisp copy and only the fourth complete copy of this work we have seen on the market in 35 years.
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