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History of Jesuit activities in Mexico and the American Southwest, as we! as providing a social and cultural examination of Indian customs,manners, rites and superstitions

History of Jesuit activities in Mexico and the American Southwest, as we! as providing a social and cultural examination of Indian customs,manners, rites and superstitions

PÉREZ DE RIBAS (Andres) Historia de los Triumphos de Nuestra Santa Fee entre gentes las más barbaras y fieras del Nuevo Orbe. Madrid, Paredes, 1645. Folio (274 x 193 mm.) 20 ll., 764 pp. Recent handsome marroquen brown morocco by Spanish master binder Antolín Palomino, gilt fillet to boards, inner frame formed of corner-pieces connected by double gilt fillets enclosing a large center-piece of arabesque design, raised bands to spine, compartment with singular tooling, blue label, lettered in gilt; inner dentelle gilt, endpapers made by Palomino as well. Exceptional copy of this rarity, pressed, several contemporary ownership inscriptions to title page, mild water staining to last leaves but overall a clean and fresh example Rare FIRST EDITION, of the first chronicle of the Jesuit missions located in the northwest of New Spain (specially in Sinaloa, California and Florida, from 1590 to 1644). Its author was one of the first missionaries in Sinaloa, serving there from 1604 to 1620. It provides an unparalleled description of the upper part of Mexico and what is now the southwest region of the United States in the first half of the 17th century. Of particular interest is Chapter XII of Book VII, which includes an account of Don Pedro Porter y Casanate’s voyage along the California coast, and the text of Fray Jacinto Cortes’s letter describing his visit to the “Islas de Californias” in 1642, with an important description of the local indians. It is divided into twelve parts,the first part gives a history of Sinaloa and its people before the arrival of the Spanish. Part two to eleven describe the arrival of the Spanish and the Jesuit in upper Mexico and their activities among the several tribes, including the conversion of the Hiaqui tribe, the missions at Topia, San Andres, Parras, and Laguna Grande, as well as the conversion of the Tepeguanes and their subsequent rebellion. The final part discusses missionary activities in other parts of New Spain, including an account of the martyrdom of nine Jesuit missionaries in Florida in 1566.

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