One of early Enlightenment Spain's most important scholars, Andres Gonzalez de Barcia (1673-1743) produced more than two dozen critical editions of some of Spain's most significant works on the New World, many of which were already rare when he published them. In this highly original new book, Jonathan E. Carlyon traces Gonz lez de Barcia's work as editor, bibliographer, and author, focusing on his program of scholarly republication that resulted in the creation of the first comprehensive colonial Spanish American library. Gonz lez de Barcia established his collection to provide the historiography of the period with an order and clarity. He sought to underline what he considered to be the truth regarding colonial Spain by supplying his editions with marginal notes, prefatory writings, and scholarly indices. In so doing, he prepared the foundation for the modern study of colonial Spanish American letters. Andr s Gonz lez de Barcia and the Creation of the Colonial Spanish American Library is an investigation into Gonz lez de Barcia and his editorial agenda.
It is essential to understanding the nature and importance of this great scholar and his contribution to the development of Spanish historiography, bibliography, and book history.
Jonathan Earl Carlyon is an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Colorado State University.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Introduction * Andres Gonzalez de Barcia as Commentator in the First Phase of His Scholarship on the Historiography of the Indies * The Epitome de la Biblioteca, Before: Seventeenth-Century Conceptualizations of the Bibliographical Mission: Antonio de Leon Pinelo and Nicolas Antonio * The Epitome de la Biblioteca, After: Bibliography as a Reflection of Andres Gonzalez de Barcia's Intellectual Project for New World Scholarship * Andres Gonzalez de Barcia's Creation of the Spanish American Library and His Edition of Gregorio Garcia's Origen de los Indios * The Index as a Scholarly and Political Tool in the Americanist editions of Andres Gonzalez de Barcia Appendix: Complete Bibliography of Gonzalez de Barcia's Americanist Editions (1720-1743) Notes Works Cited Index