Arte de la lengua mexicana, y breves platicas de los mysterios de n. santa fee catholica, y otras para exortacion de su obligacion á los Indios

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Author: Francisco de Avila

Year: 1717

Publisher: herederos de la viuda de Miguel de Ribera Calderón

Place: Mexico City


[13]+37 leaves. Small octavo (6' x 4") bound in later limp calf,  extraneous later engravings mounted to endpapers. (Medina, Mexico 2478; Palau 20391; Pilling 193.) First edition.

This work consists of Spanish explanations with Nahuatl examples. Avila was a parish priest in Milpa Alta in the bishopric of Mexico, a Nahuatl-speaking village even to this day. In this work Avila not only made a presentation of Nahuatl grammar, as the title shows, but he combined it with various homilies and moral speeches on the rites and mysteries of the Church and on the obligation of worship.


Minor wear; moderate dampstaining and wear, extraneous later engravings mounted to endpapers.  One engraving colorized else a good to very good copy.


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