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Primeros Libros de las Américas

Primeros Libros

The Primeros Libros de las Américas project is building a digital collection of the first printed books in Mexico before 1601. These monographs represent the first printing in the New World and provide primary sources for scholarly studies focused on cultural history, linguistics, religious studies, history of the book, etc.

Of the 220 distinct works believed to have been produced, approximately 135 surviving titles are held in institutions around the world. Ideally the project seeks to acquire at least one example of each discrete title while also digitizing as many duplicate copies of these works as are available. These duplicates facilitate scholarly inquiry since marginalia, typographical variants, ownership marks, and other copy-specific attributes are often critical for interpretation and other purposes. At present it is believed that at least 369 surviving primeros libros are in existence.

For more information and to browse the collection, visit Primeros Libros.

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