Relación breve y verdadera de algunas cosas de las muchas que sucedieron al Padre fray Alonso Ponce en las provincias de Nueva España: siendo comisario general de aquellas partes. Trátanse algunas paricularidades de aquella tierrra, y dícese su ida á ella

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Author: Ponce, Alonso (1584-89) from the library of Professor George M Foster

Year: 1873

Publisher: Imprenta de la Viuda de Calero

Place: Madrid


2 volumes: [ii]+548 pages; [ii]+572 pages. Octavo (9" x 6 1/4") bound in full leather with gilt lettering to red and black spine labels. Written by those who accompanied him, Antonio de Ciudad Real and Alonso de San Roman. from the library of Professor George M Foster.First edition.

Fray Alonso Ponce arrived in New Spain in 1584 with the title of Commissary General for the Franciscan Order in New Spain. from then until 1589 he traveled through the various Franciscan provinces from Guadalajara to Nicaragua, visiting friars and correcting abuses. The two friars who accompanied him successively as his secretaries noted down the incidents of his travels and observations about the various regions and peoples. It is generally accepted that the two secretaries were Alonso de San Roman and Antonio de Ciudad Real. The work is an invaluable record of life in Middle America toward the end of the 16th Century. Scattered through its pages are many items of ethno-historical interest. The narrative of Ponces' journey was first published in Madrid in 1873 from a manuscript in the possession of Mariano de Zabalburu. A good index was published separately in 1949 by Raul Guerrero. Another was prepared by Grace Metcalf and published in 1946.

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.


Foster's stamp to title some occasional pencil marginalia else a very good to fine copy.

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