Order Nr. 136485 LA IMPRENTA EN MEXICO (1539-1821), TOMO I (1539-1600. EIGHT VOLUMES. Jose Toribio Medina.

LA IMPRENTA EN MEXICO (1539-1821), TOMO I (1539-1600. EIGHT VOLUMES.

(Mexico).

Eight volumes.

  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands: N. Israel, 1965.
  • 8vo
  • cloth
  • (viii),cccxxv,468,(2); (vi),611,(7); (vi),565,(3); (vi),576,(4); (vi),622,(4); (vi),711,(5); (vi),651,(7); (vi),447, (5) pages.

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Order Nr. 136485

Reprint edition. Spines lightly faded with some bumping around the edges and corners. Else near fine. The best bibliography of printing in Mexico. The "first facsimile edition" of a bibliography of Mexican imprints by the Chilean historian and bibliographer José Toribio Medina (1852-1930), first published in 1907-1912 in a limited edition of 250, for which see Besterman 5158. There are 12,412 numbered entries (more, counting the subentries) for the years 1539 to 1821, from the Doctrina Christiana en Lengua Mexicana y Castellana printed by Juan Cromberger to a calendar for the year 1821. Arrangement is by year and then alphabetically. A separate section in vol. VIII lists undated imprints of the early 19th century. Entries provide at least a complete title--generally a title page transcription--and usually references and a physical description. Information may be much more extensive, particularly for older imprints, with lengthier descriptions, summaries of contents, an occasional facsimile of a title page or colophon, multiple references, excerpts from contemporary documents referring to the work (including the authors' own letters), and even biographical sketches. Covered are books, tracts, reports, other official and church publications, devotional items, printed sermons and orations, political pamphlets, etc. etc. The majority are religious or church-related in some way. Periodical titles usually appear under the date of the first issue. An extensive introduction in vol. I covers general history, printers (individually), engravers, booksellers, bibliographers and "laws and privileges." Each volume has an index for that volume and the last volume has a section of "documentos." Bumped with some external soiling.From the private reference library of Dorothy Sloan with a commemorative bookplate loosely inserted.