Mexico, 1887. ix,564,vi pp. Original yellow pictorial cloth. Some light wear and soiling to cloth. Modern bookplate on front pastedown; also contemporary presentation inscription on front pastedown. Internally clean. Very good. Second edition, reprinting the text of the rare original edition of 1754. This edition edited by Manuel de Olaguibel. An important primary source work for the Spanish Southwest, by Jesuit missionary and native of Tlaxcala, Father Jose Ortega. Although the work was edited by Francisco Xavier Fluvia, it is correctly attributed to Father Jose Ortega, whom Medina describes as the definite author. The work consists of three parts: Book I contains an account of the reduction and conquest of the province of Nayarit. Book II concerns the establishment, progress and decline of the "spiritual conquest" of the province of Pimeria Alta, through the death of Father Kino. Book III contains an account of the discoveries throughout the present state of Pimeria Alta, including Father Consag's diary of travels in present day California in 1751. Ortega describes the "barbaras costumbres, y vana Religion" of the native people in present day Southwest, the establishment of a few towns where many baptisms were performed, and includes a general description of the region. "Includes much on the movements and discoveries of the missionary priests Kino and Consag in Arizona and California" - Howes. A prime source on Father Kino's missionary work in what is now Arizona, including an account of Father Consag's journey into California in 1751. This copy with a presentation inscription to the Rev. W.C. Evans who was transferred from the Mexico Mission in Puebla to the Central Methodist Church in Stockton, California in 1897. HOWES O127, "aa." WAGNER SPANISH SOUTHWEST 128. (Inventory #: WRCAM22602A)
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