Reglas de orthographia, Diccionario, y Arte del idioma Othomi,

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Author: Luis de Neve y Molina

Year: 1767

Publisher: Puente del Espiritu Santo, Cuidad de Mexico. Biblioteca Mexicana

Place: Mexico City


[24]+160 pages lacking frontispiece plate. Small octavo (5 3/4" x 4") bound in contemporary vellum. Sabin 52413. Medina, Mexico 5174; Palau 190159 First edition.
A dictionary of the Otomi language.

The author was the first to establish a proper system of characters, which has been since retained.

Otomi is an Oto-Pamean language spoken by approximately 240,000 indigenous Otomi people in the central altiplano region of Mexico. Otomi consists of several closely related languages, many of which are not mutually intelligible. The word Hñähñu [hɲɑ̃hɲṹ] has been proposed as an endonym, but since it represents the usage of a single dialect, it has not gained wide currency. Linguists have classified the modern dialects into three dialect areas: the Northwestern dialects are spoken in Querétaro, Hidalgo and Guanajuato; the Southwestern dialects are spoken in the State of Mexico; and the Eastern dialects are spoken in the highlands of Veracruz, Puebla, and eastern Hidalgo and villages in Tlaxcala and Mexico states.


Engraved table leaf worn at fore-edge. Vellum with minor wear; lacking frontispiece plate as usual, minor damp staining; edges speckled red, ties damaged else about very good.

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