COMPENDIO DEL ARTE DE LA LENGUA MEXICANA.

Mexico. 1759. [24],202pp. plus engraved frontis. Contemporary limp vellum, pigskin ties, manuscript lettering on spine. Minor wear, internally clean and fresh. Near fine. Item #WRCAM46702

Second edition. An abridgement of this important Nahuatl grammar, first published in 1645; the first edition is extraordinarily rare, and this is the first obtainable edition. The author was a Jesuit priest. This second edition is translated by Ignacio de Paredes, the foremost 18th-century scholar of Nahuatl. This handsome volume was produced by one of Mexico's best 18th-century presses and begins with one of the most famous colonial-era engravings, signed by Zapata, showing St. Ignatius above a tableau representing the peoples of the world. A lovely copy. MEDINA, MEXICO 4534. PALAU 44871. SABIN 10954.

Price: $3,250.00