“1,295 place glyphs and variants from about 25 different Mexican Indian pictorial manuscripts.... Basic reference work” (Glass)

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481. PEÑAFIEL, Antonio. Nomenclatura geográfica de México. Etimologías de los nombres de lugar correspondientes a los principales idiomas que se hablan en la República. Mexico: Oficina Tipográfica de la Secretaría de Fomento, Calle de San Andrés número 15. (Avenida Oriente 51), [colophon p. 336: “Acabóse de imprimir esta Nomenclatura en la muy noble ciudad de México á 30 de Abril de 1897,” 1897. [i-v] vi-vii [1, blank], [1] 2-224; [2, blank], [1-5] 6-336, [2] pp., 2 chromolithograph elaborately illustrated title pages (to gazetteer and atlas, signed Alfredo Ramos Martínez) 109 hand-colored lithograph plates (place glyphs) by Secretaría de Fomento. 3 vols. in one (2 vols. of text and atlas), folio (32.3 x 25 cm), contemporary full tan Mexican sheep, elaborately blind-embossed on upper board with title and Mexican motifs, spine with raised bands, bevelled edges, ivory moiré endpapers, inner gilt dentelles stamped on front dentelle by binder M. Ramírez of Mexico City, a.e.g. Custom binding for the author (stamp on free endpaper and title “Propiedad del Autor”). Title with same stamp plus purple stamp of “Teod. A. Dehesa Xalapa”). Except for scattered foxing and browning, very good, plates very fine. A remarkable association copy. Splendid binding. Very rare in commerce and difficult to find complete in two parts and the complete atlas.

     First edition. Bernal 7206. Croft 204. Glass, p. 673: “Atlas illustrates 1,295 place glyphs and variants from about 25 different Mexican Indian pictorial manuscripts. Text gives sources for all illustrations. A basic reference work.” Palau 217594. Ugarte 306. The author published a similar atlas in 1885 from Nahuatl sources with 462 place glyphs, but here the work is much enlarged. The lithographs of place names in prehispanic Mexico are well done and fascinating. “Antonio Peñafiel argued in this monumental work that place names preserved tradition in places where ‘history has completely disappeared’” (Raymond B. Craib, “A Nationalist Metaphysics: State Fixations, National Maps, and the Geo-Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Mexico” in The Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 82, No. 1, February 2002, pp. 33-79 (Footnote 75). Mexican physician, author, and historian Antonio Peñafiel (1839-1922) was a noteworthy and prolific historian of languages and was responsible for the construction of the Mexican Pavilion at the Paris Exposition of 1889, which he constructed in Aztec style.


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