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    [Photography]. Dámaso Sotomayor. Los Aztecas, desde su advenimiento a la America, hasta la elevacion y caida del Imperio Mexicano. Tomo primero. Mazatlan: Imprenta y Estereotipia de M. Retes, 1885. [Bound together with:] Dámaso Sotomayor. Suplemento a "Los Aztecas."Descripcion e interpretacion de una preciosa y antigua urna griega del Museo Capitolino de Roma, bajo la clave jeroglífica de los Aztecas. Mazatlan: Imprenta y casa Editorial de M. Retes, 1889. [And:] Dámaso Sotomayor. Suplemento al Libro Primero de "Los Aztecas." Estudio sobre los Codices Jeroglífico-Americanos Cortesiano y Troano...Mazatlan: Imprenta de Retes, 1890. [And:] Dámaso Sotomayor. Tercer Suplemento al Libro Primero de "Los Aztecas." Estudio sobre la Peregrinacion de aquel pueblo, fundacion de Mexico y Reinado de sus Emperadores... Mazatlan: Imprenta y Casa editorial de M. Retes, 1892. Together four works in one volume. Folio (11.9375 x 8.125 inches; 299 x 206 mm.). ix, [1, blank], 221, [1, bank], [1, "Indice"], [1, blank]; 23, [1, blank]; 21, [1, blank]; 24 pages. With six mounted albumen photographs, captions handwritten in pencil on the mounts. Contemporary quarter dark blue polished calf over blue diaper-grain cloth boards. Smooth spine ruled, decoratively tooled, and lettered in gilt. Binding worn, with several repairs to joints and spine ends, corners, and with wormtracks filled in on front cover. Browning; occasional foxing or spotting. A few small wormholes and tracks in the first gathering, gradually becoming one persistent wormhole continuing through page 126. Ink stamp in the gutter margin of page 27: General, Rafael Aguirre Colonado. Bound at the end of the first work are two leaves of ruled paper containing three pages of handwritten notes in red and black ink. With an early label for the Libreria de Porrua on front pastedown. Very good. Bernal 4347.

    More Information: One mounted albumen photograph (5 x 7.75 inches) in the first work showing Aztec glyphs; one mounted albumen photograph (8.5 x 6 inches) facing page 2 in the second work, showing an ornately carved Greek sarcophagus, plus a table of glyphs and numbers; two mounted albumen photographs (measuring 4 x 8 inches and 5 x 8 inches, respectively) facing page 4 and page 6 in the third work, the first showing segments of an Aztec codex and the other a listing of glyphs; and two mounted albumen photographs facing page 4 and page 24 in the fourth work (the first measuring 8.5 x 5 inches and the second measuring 8.5 x 4.5 inches), the first showing another chart of glyphs and drawings, the second a portion of a Greek frieze. Some offset from the photographs to the facing pages.

    A few years after the publication of these books, a reviewer (D. G. B.) in The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal, Vol. XI, No. 1, January, 1889, page 70, wrote: "The Rev. Sotomayor boasts that he has discovered the long lost key to the Aztec hieroglyphs and proceeds with it to unlock the mysteries of the ancient Mexican Mythology. The value of his discovery may be easily estimated. He proclaims that the Mexican calendar is a record of the occurrences which took place in the Garden of Eden!! The whole of the Mexican book of days, the Tonalamatl, he expounds as a minute and correct history of the incidents which happened to Adam and Eve in their sojourn in that happy region, and the disasters which befel them after their expulsion from it! Of all the fantastic fancies of antiquaries we believe this is the wildest; and to mention it is enough, without further comment."


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