· En Sevilla
Beautifully printed, this is the second edition of a major account of a New World wonder by the first Florida-born author — Francisco de Florencia (1619–95), who entered the Jesuit Order in 1642 and became a noted preacher as well as a highly regarded writer.
First published in 1692 in Seville, the Narracion essays the apparition in 1631 of St. Michael to an Indian named Diego Lázaro de San Francisco who lived in Santa María Nativitas, on the Pueba–Tlaxcala border in Mexico. Miracles were attributed to the apparition, to the spot of the manifestation, and to nearby water as well; the miracles included various forms of spiritual healing, including via holy water administered at a distance as recounted here.
The work received the patronage of Manuel Fernández de Santa Cruz, the bishop of Puebla, Mexico. It contains a => full-page woodcut of St. Michael, offers novenas specific to his chapel, and of course gives a full account of the apparition. =>That long account includes a few lines in Nahuatl on p. 119.
Provenance: 18th-century ownership signature of Francisco Antonio Ximenez del Arenal on front free endpaper. Unidentified marca de fuego on top edge of volume. Handsome 20th-century bookplate of Jose Rodriguez Familiar on front pastedown.
=> There seems to have been NO Mexico-printed edition of this work.
DeBacker-Sommervogel, III, 798; Palau 92347; Sabin 24815; Alden & Landis 740/121; Medina, BHA, 6467. Publisher's limp vellum with evidence of ties (now perished), title in old ink on spine, all edges speckled red; stain on front cover and another on rear. Bookplate and markings as above. => Overall a clean, crisp copy in very good condition. (Inventory #: 38135)