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PUBLISHED AT THE EXPENSE OF THE DUKE OF LOUBAT Foreign Associate Member of the Académie des Inscriptions

et Belles-Lettres of the Institute of France.

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Translated from the German with kind
permission of the Editors of the Archiv

BY

SEYMOUR DE RICCI

PARIS, JUNE MCMIX

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In every branch of science it is a useful thing to stop from time to time and look backwards over the fields already covered by research, to sum up the ascertained - results and to endeavour to deduce from them the immediate prospects of future work.

"Mexican Research" means the study of Mexico, both land and inhabitants, throughout the various periods of the world's history. It can not be kept apart from the study of the neighbouring countries of North, Central and South America; it is closely connected with all studies relating to the Homo Americanus, and, finally, it is an important chapter in the history of mankind's origin and gradual progress.

(') For Indian words I have adopted the Spanish spelling: c before a and ok; before e and i = ç; ch tch; x (in Mexican) is some thing between French ch and Italian ss; the Letras heridas peculiar to the Maya languages (and noted by ) are to be pronounced by opening and closing simultaneously the mouth and the palate.

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