Apr 27, 2017 - Sale 2444

Sale 2444 - Lot 360

Price Realized: $ 8,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
MANUSCRIPT CONFESSION BOOK IN QUECHUA AND AYMARA (PERU.) [Confessionario para los curas de Indios.] [205] manuscript pages. 4to, contemporary vellum, moderate wear, with manuscript spine title "Diego de Torres de la . . . " faintly visible; minor worming on inner margin, minor wear. Np, early 17th century

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The second book published in South America was "Confessionario para los curas de indios," printed in Lima in 1585. A second edition was issued in Seville in 1603. Both editions are quite scarce; only two copies of the 1603 edition are traced in libraries today, at the John Carter Brown Library and New York Public Library. This volume is a faithful manuscript transcript of the 1603 edition. We suspect it is not the original printer's copy, as the diacritic marks have not been brought over from the printed text. This copy lacks the title page, and begins with the dedication to linguist Diego de Torres by Fernando Niño de Guevara as Archbishop of Seville (as printed). Some of the preliminary text is in Latin, much of the text is in Spanish, and large sections are in Quechua and Aymara in parallel columns. For more on the original printed text, see European Americana 603/67; Medina BHA 475; and Palau 59200.