Rudo ensayo, tentativa de una prevencional descripcion geographica de la provincia de Sonora, sus terminos y confines; ó mejor, coleccion de materiales para hacerla quien lo supiere mejor. Compilada así de noticias adquiradas por el colector en sus viajes por casi toda ella, como subministradas por los padres missioneros y practicos de la tierra. Dirigida al remedio de ella, por un amigo del bien comun.

St Augustine, Florida, [verso of title: Munsell, printer, Albany], 1863.

4to (225 x 180 mm), pp. x, 208, title printed in red and black; one or two small marginal tears; partly unopened in modern tan morocco-backed boards.


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First edition, ‘160 ejemplares’ (p. 208), edited by Buckingham Smith. ‘The author, according to A. F. Pradeau . . . was Father Juan Nentuig [Nentvig], who completed his manuscript in 1762. The “rough essay” contains a good deal of fascinating information about the Indians of Arizona and New Mexico’ (Graff). The author’s ‘residence we shall find, was at a place near the River Yaqui, where it flows through a vale, north and south, closed in by precipices on both shores, so lofty as to shut out three quarters of the heavens from sight, a solitude, he touchingly remarks, on greeting our arrival at the scene of his labors, broken only at long intervals by the presence of civilized man’ (advertisement).

Graff 2979; Field 1430; Howes S578 (under Smith); Sabin 73899; Streit III 2507 (giving Manuel Aguirre, SJ, as the possible author). Not found in COPAC. Listed in NUC but locations omitted. See Sommervogel V 1625 for another work by Nentvig.


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