Jun 27, 2024 - Sale 2675

Sale 2675 - Lot 329

Price Realized: $ 32,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
(MEXICAN IMPRINT--1555.) Molina, Alonso de. Aquí comiença un vocabulario en la lengua Castellana y Mexicana. [6 of 8], 259, [1] leaves. 4to, early vellum, minor wear; remnants of early printed music waste sheets as pastedowns, lacking free endpapers, lacking title page, lacking illustrated 8th preliminary leaf, intermittent dampstaining, minor worming, heavier to last few leaves; inked monogram stamp and inked "Provinciae Mechoacanensis / [???]guensis S. Nicol. de Tol" stamp on first leaf, from the Augustinian province of San Nicolás de Tolentino de Michoacán. Mexico: Juan Pablos, 1555

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First edition of the first Spanish-Nahuatl dictionary. Alonso de Molina (1513-79) learned Nahuatl, the dominant indigenous language of central Mexico, as a child in New Spain. He taught the language to the first Franciscan missionaries there and subsequently entered the Franciscan order. His dictionary went through many editions (a Nahuatl-Spanish dictionary was added for the second edition in 1571), and is still influential today. García Icazbalceta 23; Medina, Mexico I:24; Palau 174351 ("obra rara y extraordinaria"); Pilling 2600; Sabin 49866; Wagner, Huntington Library 23.