Catecismo y declaracion de la Doctrina Cristiana en lengua Otomi, con un vocabulario del mismo idioma
by Lopez Yepes, Joaquin
Megico: impreso en la oficina de ciudadano Alejandro Valdes, 1826. First edition, small 4to, pp. 254,  errata; the dictionary occupies page 93-251; contemporary red morocco-backed marbled boards, smooth gilt spine laid out in 6 compartments, gilt-lettered direct in 1; lightly rubbed, but in all a very good, sound copy. The last copy at auction was the Phillipps copy in 1988. This is an Ayer Linguistics duplicate with a withdrawn stamp on the front pastedown. "The Othomi language differs in structure from those spoken in Mexico, having more resemblance to the language of Eastern Asia than any other. [Luis de Neve y Molina] was the first to establish a proper system of characters in 1767, which has since been retained" (Sabin). It is a monosyllabic language, which today is still spoken by nearly two million inhabitants of central Mexico. "The Otomis comprise a large number of tribes occupying the plateau north of the Anahuac Sierras. They are a hardy people and are the least civilized of the four principal native races [of Mexico]" (EB). "The author was a native Mexican, and a religious of the Franciscan College at Pachuca. His vocabulary is still the post complete which has been published of this language" (Pilling, quoting the Ramirez Sale Catalogue), Ayer, Otomi, 6; La Vinaza, Bibliografia Espanola de Lenguas Indigenas de America (1892), 420; Ludewig, Literature of American Aboriginal Languages (1858), p. 141; Palau 142266; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 2316; Sabin 106013; Zaunmuller 293; not in Vancil or Trubner.
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