Rudo Ensayo, tentativa de una Prevencional Description Geographica de la Provincia de Sonora.
by Smith, Buckingham ed.
San Augustin, FL:
Munsell [printed in Albany],
First printing. x, 208pp. Rebound in quarter leather and cloth, with a large fragment of the original front wrap bound in. Some browning to the edges of the pages, mostly unopened. This first printing, in Spanish of Smith's edition of this report, with the first English translation by Eusebio Guiteras. An important historical and geographical description of the province of Sonora done by a Jesuit who wrote in 1761-62. The authorship of the report was long in doubt and it was not until the middle of the twentieth century that Juan Nentvig was confirmed as its creator. Nentvig (1713-1768) spent twelve years of his career as a missionary in Sonora. Howes says it is valuable for the light it throws on the Apache and other tribes of Arizona and New Mexico. I also see chapters on natural history and mining. The Spanish issue is quite rare,, printed in an ediiton of only 160 copies. Howes S578.
Book Id: 20138