Discursos de la antiguedad de la lengua cantabra Bascongada, Co[m]ouestos por Balthasar de Echave, natural de la Villa De Çumaya en la Provincia de Guipuzcoa, y vezino de Mexico. […]. Baltasar de Echave.
Discursos de la antiguedad de la lengua cantabra Bascongada, Co[m]ouestos por Balthasar de Echave, natural de la Villa De Çumaya en la Provincia de Guipuzcoa, y vezino de Mexico. […].
Discursos de la antiguedad de la lengua cantabra Bascongada, Co[m]ouestos por Balthasar de Echave, natural de la Villa De Çumaya en la Provincia de Guipuzcoa, y vezino de Mexico. […].
Discursos de la antiguedad de la lengua cantabra Bascongada, Co[m]ouestos por Balthasar de Echave, natural de la Villa De Çumaya en la Provincia de Guipuzcoa, y vezino de Mexico. […].
Early Book on the Basque language - Early Mexican Imprint

Discursos de la antiguedad de la lengua cantabra Bascongada, Co[m]ouestos por Balthasar de Echave, natural de la Villa De Çumaya en la Provincia de Guipuzcoa, y vezino de Mexico. […].

En Mexico: en la Emprenta de Henrico Martinez, Año 1607. Title page in typographical border. With two full-page woodcuts ([]2; ✠1): the coat of arms of the Great Count of Lemos (Pedro Fernández de Castro y Andrade; 1576–1622), the president of the Council of Indies and vicero. First edition. Later binding, using old material, hard paper, covered with marbled paper. [Complete:] Sign: []3, ✠4, ✽5, A–T4. [12] leaves, 17, [1] pages, 18–84 leaves. Wide margins. Trace of old tape on the title page. Artistically restored throughout. In fine condition.

Scarce Mexican imprint. One of the earliest books on the Basque language.

Very rare work by Baltasar de Echave Orio (1558–1623), the Spanish-born Basque painter, who arrived in New Spain in 1573 and lived the rest of his life in Mexico, then the capital of the Spanish Viceroyalty. Echave is the most important mannerist painter in colonial Mexico and the founder of the leading dynasty of Mexican painters.

At the height of his career in 1607, Echave wrote and published the present book, a treatise on the history of the Basque language and an apology for the Basque people. Echave claims, that the first spoken language of the Iberian Peninsula was Basque, and Armenia is the homeland of the Basques, proving on the basis of toponymic parallels between the two languages. His pioneering linguistic approach marked a new direction for later historians and apologists, and he is considered as one of the founders of Basque national historiography.

WorldCat locates only 5 copies worldwide. Rare Book Hub (Americana Exchange) reveals only one auction record of this title (Sotheby’s 1988, £4,400).

Sabin 21764, Palau 78064; Medina (Mexico) 234

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Price: €75,000.00

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