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Pingenot Auction, Lot 17

17. BENAVIDES, Alonso De. The Memorial of Fray Alonso de Benavides, 1630. Translated by Mrs. Edward E. Ayer, Annotated by Frederick Webb Hodge and Charles Fletcher Lummis. Chicago: Privately Printed, 1916. xiii [1] 309 [2] pp., sepia tone photogravures by Charles F. Lummis, A. C. Vroman, et al., facsimiles. 8vo, original three-quarter brown buckram over tan cloth, t.e.g. Fine copy.
        Limited edition (#124 of 300 copies). Graff 250. Rader 332. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 33n. Basic source on Arizona and New Mexico by one of the first missionaries in the Southwest, with outstanding photographs. Pingenot: Cited by Bancroft as ‘the most important authority extant.’ The Franciscans were urging the establishment of New Mexico as a bishopric and Benavides appears to have published this work partly in support of that move.