Titre : Libro Segundo de la Cronica Miscelanea, en ...
Éditeur : Editorial Porrua, Mexico City
Date d'édition : 1997
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Edition : Second printing
Thick ovtavo, 9 x 7 in (23 x 18 cm), pp 188, [x], , xxiv, 886, xxvii (index). This is actually a facsimile, except for rather extensive editorial matter and the numerous illustrations, of the first edition of this book, which was printed in Guadalajara in 1891. Fray Antonio Tello wrote his chronicles sometime around 1650, but the "cuadernos" languished in manuscript for 250 years in the "archivo de la provincia del Santo Evangelio de Mexico", according to Beristain de Souza., but repeated efforts to find these were in vain due to the sequestering of the convents in Mexico. The story, taken from the intorduction, is that Dr. Nicolas Leon, the eminent 19th century Mexican bibliophile, found the text in a spice shop in Celaya, where it had been bought for wrapping paper. There were 6 books, the first of which has been lost. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th have been published, singly, at different times, as well as part of the 5th. This, book 2, is complete in itself, and is an important source for the very early history of this area of northwest Mexico and the Southwest. He had access to sources unique to his work, esp. personal acquaintance with the original conquistadors and friars whose adventures he relates. Notices of the Coronado expedition abound, as well as much information on Fray Marcos and Cabeza de Vaca. Tello was admittedly the source for Frs. Beaumont and Mota Padilla's later, but still early histories of the region. Very nice Porrua edition, bound in cloth, with dust jacket. Fine. N° de réf. du libraire 6896
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