Historia Eclesiastica Indiana

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Author: Mendieta, Ger�nimo de (1525-1604) from the library of Professor George M Foster

Year: 1870

Publisher: Antigua Libreria

Place: Mexico City


xlv+790 pages with index. Quarto (11" x 7 1/2") bound in 3/4 red leather with raised spine bands and gilt lettering. Introduction by Joaquin Garcia Icazbelceta. From the library of George M Foster. 1st edition.

Geronimo Mendieta (1525-1604) was born in Vitoria, Spain. He arrived in Mexico in 1554, following the pioneering period of the famous twelve original Franciscans, among whom was Motolinia. Mendieta began writing his chronicle in 1571, finishing it in 1596. He died in Mexico City on May 10, 1604. Mendieta wrote at a time when many eyewitnesses of the initial contact between Indians and Europeans wee still alive; he utilized their information. He also drew not only on the works of Motolinia, but on those by Andres de Olmos, Bernardino de Sahagun, and others in the archives of the Convent of San Francisco. He attempted purposefully to be an historian, and his work shows a logical organization not found in Motolinia. Mendieta's Historia Eclesiastica Indiana is considered to be a major ethnohistorical source. It remained undiscovered until 1860. The Historia was unpublished until 1870, when it was issued in Mexico City by Joaquin Garcia Icazbelceta. This bulky quarto tome was reissued in a much more handy four-volume edition in 1945. The entire work is divided into five books and each book subdivided into chapters. The 1870 edition has a general table of contents at the beginning and an index at the end. The table of Contents in the 1945 edition is distributed at the end of each volume, with the index to the whole after the text of the final volume. Garcia Icazbalceta's introduction is printed in both editions. A bio-bibliographical study, it provides a brief and accurate account of the author and a penetrating critical evaluation of the work and it sources. He also notes use of the earlier unpublished manuscript by other historians, notably Juan de Torquemada.

George McClelland Foster, Jr born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on October 9, 1913, died on May 18, 2006, at his home in the hills above the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as a professor from 1953 to his retirement in 1979, when he became professor emeritus. His contributions to anthropological theory and practice still challenge us; in more than 300 publications, his writings encompass a wide diversity of topics, including acculturation, long-term fieldwork, peasant economies, pottery making, public health, social structure, symbolic systems, technological change, theories of illness and wellness, humoral medicine in Latin America, and worldview. The quantity, quality, and long-term value of his scholarly work led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1976. Virtually all of his major publications have been reprinted and/or translated. Provenance from the executor of Foster's library laid in.


Lacks Foster's stamp, but his date of acquiry (9/20/44) is noted on the front paste down, some pencil underlining by Foster in text, repairs to half title else a very good copy.

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