Problemas y Secretos Maravillos de las Indias

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Author: Cardenas, Juan de (1563-1609)

Year: 1945

Publisher: Ediciones Cultura Hispanica

Place: Madrid


[16]+248 pages facsimile reproduction of the edition of 1591. Quarto (10 3/4" x 7 3/4") bound in original publisher's wrappers. Volume 9 in the Coleccion de Incunable Americano's. From the library of George M Foster. Limited to 3000 copies of which this is number 2458.

Doctor Juan de Cardenas, a native of Mexico City, in his work covers many aspects of nature in the New World. He devoted a number of pages to the Chichimeca Indians of northern Mexico, whom he described as "a savage and barbarous people, never subjected or tamed by any other nation". they lived among the rocks and crag; the wore no clothes, and stank to heaven; the had no God, no rites, nor customs, the committed in public every bestial act, and their whole life was given over to the killing of animals and men. But he admitted that in their own country the were brave, strong and healthy in spite of their repulsive diet. Cardenas' treatise betrays an orthodox mind, brought up on the standard authorities studied in sixteenth-century Europe - Aristotle, Galen, Hippocrates. His arguments, along with those of Sahagun on the unfortunate results of the attempt to reduce the Mexican Indians to a Spanish way of life indicate how Europe's classical inheritance came to its rescue in its confrontation with alien people and customs.


Corners bumped, spine ends chipped, lightly soiled, pages unread (uncut), front wrapper beginning to separate else a good copy, internally very good.

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