Nov 06, 2014 - Sale 2364

Sale 2364 - Lot 405

Price Realized: $ 6,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
(MEXICO--1787.) A short abridgement fo [sic] Christian doctrine. 41 pages. Small 8vo, contemporary plain wrappers; minor dampstaining on bottom edge, edges tinted red. [Mexico, 1787]

Additional Details

Very likely the first work printed in English west of the Mississippi River, and the only Mexican book printed in English under Spanish rule. The date appears in the note from the Inquisition on the first page. Settlers in Spanish America were required to practice Catholicism. This Catholic catechism was intended to help the growing numbers of English-speaking settlers in West Florida, New Orleans and Texas to keep their promise. Medina, México 7705.