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[ARCHIVE OF MANUSCRIPT NOTES, TRANSLATIONS, AND WRITINGS OF L. BRADFORD PRINCE, MANY OF WHICH PERTAIN TO NEW MEXICO AND ITS HISTORY]
[Various places, but primarily New Mexico, 1910. Approximately [290]pp. Quarto and folio sheets. Some wear and light soiling, but generally very good. An extensive archive of manuscript notes and translations of Spanish colonial documents, written by L. Bradford Prince. A native of New York State, Prince (1840-1922) served as Chief Justice of New Mexico from 1878 to 1882 and was later appointed Territorial Governor, serving from 1889 to 1893. During his term in office Prince endeavored to bring about statehood for the territory, but was unsuccessful. He also wroted several works on the history of New Mexico, and served as president of the Historical Society of New Mexico from 1883 to his death some forty years later. Nearly half the archive consists of translations of early New Mexico documents, translated from the Spanish by Prince. Much of this work may have been done for research on his books about the history of New Mexico, or as part of his tenure at the Historical Society. Additionally, there are a dozen pages of notes on the Spanish occupation of New Mexico, likely translated, and a sixteen-page narrative of the expedition into New Mexico by Antonio Espejo in the 1580s, including the account of Father Beltran. The archive also includes works on the local Indian tribes, such as a description of "The Annual Festival at Isleta," a harvest dance performed at that pueblo, and several other descriptions of native dances and ceremonies. Thirty-one pages of the archive contain a revision of a printed text on the expedition of Cabeça de Vaca. The printed text has been cut into segments and pasted to sheets, with manuscript notes and revisions surrounding each section. The remainder of the papers are primarily concerned with New Mexico history. A remarkable trove of New Mexican history documents, written and translated by an important early historian.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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