1755 · Mexico
Noted Jesuit author Francisco de Florencia (1619–95) has the distinction of being one of the earliest known Florida-born authors; his writings are numerous and his best focus on Mariology. The work at hand is the first published survey of shrines in Mexico relating to Mary and her Apparitions. The manuscript remained unpublished at Florencia's death and it fell to fellow Jesuit and Mariologist Juan Antonio de Oviedo to update, edit, and publish it for the first time in 1755.
Evidence of readership: Note in margin of p. 113, where discussion begins of the image of Nuestra Senora de las Angustias that is in the Hospital del Amor de Dios: "hoi se benera esta imagen en San Andres.
Sabin 24819; Medina, Mexico, 4246; DeBacker-Sommervogel, III, 799; Grajales & Burrus, Bibliografia guadalupana, 169; Palau 92355. Contemporary limp vellum, lacking ties and pastedowns and front free endpapers (if there ever were any). Two small round areas in blank space of title-page with holes probably where a previous owner's name was; two pages (31, 153) each with two areas of blank space heavily inked over, again probably where a previous owner's name was, the iron gall ink having damaged those two leaves with small loss (perhaps 12 or 15 words total) on their versos. Some stray brown stains, possibly associated with ink or with wax. => A good copy but for the noted small losses. Priced accordingly. (Inventory #: 36621)