1832 · [Manila]
This is only the second edition of San Jose's grammar of the Tagalog language of the Philippines, first published in 1610. WorldCat locates just two copies of the first edition in U.S. libraries (Yale, John Carter Brown) and ten of this (NYPL, Georgetown, Smithsonian, Newberry, Dominican College, Louisiana State University, Yale, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the American Philosophical Society).
San Jose was a Dominican priest who arrived in the Philippines in 1595. He is considered the father of Tagalog grammarians, and credited by some with installing the first printing press in the Philippines. Of this edition, Retana notes that his copy was printed on linen paper while all others he had seen were on "rice paper," as is the present copy.
Leclerc, Bibliotheca Americana, 2423; Palau 292360; Blake, Philippine Languages, 327; Walsh, Philippine Linguistics, 951; Retana, Aparato bibliográfico, 619. Contemporary limp vellum, yellowed, ties lacking; front free endpaper and title-page with old taped repairs; text block (itself strongly intact) loose in binding. Insect tunneling to approximately 50 leaves at front with some loss to print and about 100 leaves at the rear with small losses mostly marginal, not destroying sense of text; else good++ . (Inventory #: 38102)