Historia de la Provincia de San Nicolás de Tolentino de Michoacán Del Orden de N P S Agustín
Publisher: Editorial Jus
Place: Mexico City
xi+446 pages with plates, maps and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 3/4") bound in original wrappers. Introduction by Jose Bravo Ugarte. Preface by Martin del Castillo. Third edition limited to 2100 copies.
Born in Spain, Diego Basalenque spent much of his life in Michoacán; he died in Charo, Michoacán, in 1651. He states in his introduction he personally knew most of the persons about whom he writes. His purpose in composing their biographies was to inspire emulation. He obviously drew heavily on Grijalva especially for earlier periods of his own Historia, which gives the history of the province to 1644. He pays particular attention to Augustinian work among Indians. Basalenque divided his Historia de la Provincia de San Nicolás de Tolentino de Michoacán into three books, titles of which indicate their contents. Book one reports on the state of the Province of San Nicolás de Tolentino de Michoacán when it was still part of the Province of Mexico (1553-1601). The second book covers the period after division into two provinces (1602) until about 1628. Book three deals with years (1629--44) when the "alternative" between Spanish and Mexican Augustinians was permitted, alternation in the position of superiors of the Order and the religious garb of novices. Basalenque's Historia has seen three editons (1673, 1886, 1963). The 1886 version, three small volumes, has a table of contents at the end of volumes 1 and 3. Santiago Vela provides a good critical study of Basalenque's writings. Jose Bravo Ugarte gives biobibliographical data and a few notes in the 1963 editon. (Handbook of Middle American Indians v. 13, pg 160-1)
Edge wear, lightly soiled, page age toned else a very good copy.
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