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The Details:

José Mariano Romero. Catecismo de Ortologia. Dedicado á los Alumnos de la Escuela normal de Monterrey.Monterey, California: Agust. V. Zamorano, 1836. [catalog record]

Purchased with funds bequeathed by Thomas W. Streeter, 1968.

The Story:

Only two copies are known of this extremely rare Spanish language text, a landmark in the history of early California printing. The text is a series of questions and answers covering such topics as the alphabet, vowels, diphthongs, and basic punctuation. The Catecismo is one of just four book-length imprints known to have been published by Agustín Juan Vicente Zamorano, a Mexican government official and the first printer active in colonial California.

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