Second edition published with Father Eusebio Francisco Kino

Second edition published with Father Eusebio Francisco Kino's work on comets, and other works.

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The First Scientific Book Written by a Native Latin American Pubilshed in the Western Hemisphere

1681
<p>Title page of the first edition from the copy in the National Library of Mexico.</p>

Title page of the first edition from the copy in the National Library of Mexico.

In 1681 polymath and writer Don Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora , one of the first great "intellectuals" born in the New World, published Libra astronomica y philosophica in Mexico City. This may be the first scientific book written by a native Latin American published in the Western Hemisphere.

In 1690 Sigüenza y Góngora published another edition of Libra astronomicaphilosophica also in Mexico City. This was the last word in a controversy between Sigüenza and the Jesuit priest and astronomer Eusebio Kino over Sigüenza's scientific explanation of comets.

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