The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 339
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Book Reviews and Notices
zation and to be surprised at the omission of many notable histories
and historians. For example, Dorantes de Carranza's Summaria
relaci6n de las cosas de la Nueva Espaa, "written probably about
the end of the sixteenth century . . . but not printed until 1902
. . .," and Cervantes de Salazar's Cr6nica de la Nueva Espaia,
"begun in 1560 but not published until . . . 1914," are included
(pp. 7-8) in the list of "notable works concerning Mexico or New
Spain" that were written in the sixteenth century. On the basis
of these two inclusions there can be no justification for the author
having listed only "three valuable works" dealing with Florida
(p. 9) in the same century; to have omitted the fundamentally
important Soles de Meras, Memorial of Men6ndez de Aviles-
written about 1567, published in Spanish in 1893, and translated
in 1923-is not justified.
As a further and representative example, the list of "important
works dealing with Mexico" which appeared in the twentieth
century is hopelessly inadequate. Twenty-nine works by twenty-
five authors are included in this list. To find mentioned (pp. 82-84)
such works as those of the "syndicate writers," Koebel and Enock,
and such general histories as those by Le6n, Fortier and Ficklen,
and Zabre, and, at the same time to be unable to find mentioned
any scholarly study by Mexico's most erudite and productive his-
torian of the twentieth century, Genaro Garcia, or of any of the
many publications of Mexican authors that relate to Mexico since
the Madero revolution, is an exhibition of the poorest judgment.
Finally, one notes a complete failure to mention the published
documentary collections relating to Hispanic America in the period
from the sixteenth century on.
The author introduces each historian and each history with an
individual statement, or statements. However, these, in general,
are vacuous in character, as, for example (p. 83) : "In 1902
Nicolas Le6n brought out at Mexico City his Compendio. .. ."
Indeed, the author's statements are so devoid of critical opinion
concerning the mentioned works as to be valueless from that
standpoint. Mere bibliographical lists, compiled in accepted bibli-
ographical form, would have been as useful as, if not more so
than, the author's colorless statements, and might have been pub-
lished in probably one-fourth or less space than that required
under the procedure followed.
CHARLES W. HACKETT.
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