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Sale 2486 Lot 444
(MEXICAN IMPRINT--1558.) Gilberti, Maturino. Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá. Illustrated title page. [37 of 40], 41-127, [19 of 20] leaves. Small 8vo, later 1/2 morocco, minor wear; lacking 4 leaves (C1, C8, D1, and S4), heavy wear, worming, and early conservation, a few early manuscript notes; edges tinted red. [Mexico]: [Juan Pablos], 1558
Estimate $15,000 - 25,000
first edition of a work in the Purépecha or Tarascan language spoken in the Mexican state of Michoacán. The Franciscan friar Maturino Gilberti (1508-1585) also wrote a Purépecha grammar and dictionary, and helped develop it as a written literary language. A product of the press of the New World's first printer. García Icazbalceta 32; Medina, Mexico I:35; Palau 102193; Pilling 1543. 5 copies in OCLC, and none known at auction.