1759 · Mexico
This is the second edition of Carochi's grammar, and as such is the first edited and improved by Paredes; the first edition appeared in 1645 and is a very rare book. The work is widely held to be the best Nahuatl grammar in the classical tradition; Dra. H. de León-Portilla calls it a "Resumen conciso de lo más sobresaliente expuesto por Carochi." Carochi, an Italian Jesuit missionary, is considered to have been one of the three best scholars of the colonial era to turn his attention to the study of the native languages of Mexico.
This edition of his work, "Dispuesto con brevedad, claridad, y propriedad por el P. Ignacio de Paredes," bears the famous and elaborate emblematic frontispiece engraved by Zapata — also in a classical tradition — showing St. Ignatius teaching the peoples of the world.
Medina, Mexico, 4534; Viñaza 345; García Icazbalceta, Lenguas, 58; H. de León-Portilla, Tepuztlahcuilolli, 2083; Sabin 10954; Palau 44871; DeBacker-Sommervogel, VI, 212 (but also see II, 761); Pilling 606. 19th-century Mexican blue-gray pebbled cloth with mottled paper sides, scuffed but sound. Worming to early and late parts of book, chiefly in lower and foremargins but also in three small areas of frontispiece with loss to image and taking one letter of caption; other early leaves, including title-page/dedication leaf, affected costing portions of letters and of perhaps five words not impairing ability to follow text, while worming at end (pp. 187–202) touches or costs up to three letters per page. (Wormwork to plate and first three leaves is meandering, while in-text work is mostly pinhole-type.) Not the best copy we have ever had and one clearly destined for a collector or library on a restricted budget; priced for that reality and for its faults but also recognizing the edition's importance. (Inventory #: 36811)