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Book/Printed Material The Art of the Quechua Language. Arte de la lengva qvichva

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  • The Art of the Quechua Language.

Other Title

  • Arte de la lengva qvichva


  • Arte de la lengua quichua (The art of the Quechua language) was published in Lima, Peru, in 1619. The book is by Diego de Torres Rubio (1547-1638), a Spanish-born Jesuit priest who came to Peru in 1579, where he devoted himself to the study of Indian languages, especially Aymara and Quechua. The first printing press in South America was established in Lima by Antonio Ricardo (circa 1540-1606), an Italian who had worked for a time as a printer with the Jesuits in Mexico City. This book is part of a collection of 39 first editions in the National Library of Peru, produced at the press between 1584 and 1619. The collection was inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2013. In Latin, Spanish, and several Amerindian languages, these books are an important part of the record of the encounter between two worlds: the Amerindian civilization of the Incas and the European culture represented by the Spanish conquistadors. They are important sources for the study of the dissemination of ideas in the Spanish Empire, including the evangelization process and the diffusion of Catholicism on the one hand and the debate over the indigenous peoples and their condition as human beings on the other. Several of the books provide insights into the political, cultural, and social organization of the vanquished Inca civilization, as well as a record of the Quechua and Aymara languages spoken by the Incas.


  • Torres Rubio, Diego de, 1547-1638 Author.

Created / Published

  • Lima, Peru : Francisco Lasso, 1619.


  • -  Peru
  • -  1619
  • -  Conversation and phrase books
  • -  Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • -  Grammar
  • -  Incas
  • -  Indians of South America
  • -  Indigenous peoples
  • -  Jesuits
  • -  Memory of the World
  • -  Missionaries
  • -  Quechua language


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 15 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of Peru.
  • -  Content in Quechua and Spanish.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Peruvian First Editions

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021666908

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  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Torres Rubio, Diego De, Author. The Art of the Quechua Language. Lima, Peru: Francisco Lasso, 1619. Pdf.

APA citation style:

Torres Rubio, D. D. (1619) The Art of the Quechua Language. Lima, Peru: Francisco Lasso. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Torres Rubio, Diego De, Author. The Art of the Quechua Language. Lima, Peru: Francisco Lasso, 1619. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.