a p p e n d i x
Aponte’s Library
books found during the raids
1. Descripción de Historia Natural
2. Arte Nebrija
3. Guía de Forasteros de la Isla de Cuba
4. Maravillas de la Ciudad de Roma
5. Estado Militar de España
6. Sucesos Memorables del Mundo
7. Historia del Conde Saxe
8. Formulario de escribir cartas
9. Catecismo de la Doctrina Cristiana
10. Vida del Sabio Hicsopo
11. Tomo tercero de D. Qijote
identification
Unless otherwise noted, the identifications derive from Palau y Dulcet
(1948–90), Trelles (1965a, 1965b), and Toribio Medina (1962).
1. Descripción de Historia Natural (?)
Antonio Parra, Descripción de diferentes piezas de Historia Natural, las
más del ramo marítimo, representadas en setenta y cinco láminas (Havana,
1787).
Although the richly illustrated character of this book (200 pages and 75
engravings) might have appealed to Aponte, the fact remains that, of those
75 engravings, 38 depict species of fish indigenous to Cuba, others show
corals, shellfish, petrified objects, etc. Only the engravings numbered 71–
73 showed another subject: portraits and anatomical studies of the black
beggar Domingo Fernández, a native of Havana (Rigol 1982, 136–37).
Whether and for what reasons such contents might have appealed to
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