1679 · Lima
Franciscan missionary Casasola here details in lively prose the celebrations held in Lima upon notification of the beatification of his fellow Franciscan Francisco Solano. The soon-to-be saint was a member of the Province of the Twelve Apostles (i.e., the Franciscan province of Peru) and was a dedicated missionary among the native populations of Peru, Paraguay, and the Argentine.
Solano (1549–1610) was born in Montilla, Spain, and knew Garcilaso de la Vega, El Inca, who settled in Montilla in 1561. Solano entered the Franciscan order and modelled his life on that of St. Francis of Assisi so successfully that he was popularly known among his brethren as "Franciscus redivivus."
=> The utterly charming, naive engraving that graces Casasola's text depicts Solano preaching to a group of Indians while the densely busy background offers a panoramic "map" of Peru.
Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only three U.S. libraries reporting ownership — none west of Indiana.
Medina, Lima, 509; Palau 47103; Vargas Ugarte, Impresos peruanos, 686, 687. On Solano, see: New Catholic Encyclopedia; Archivo biografico de Espana, Portugal, e Iberoamerica, fiche 919, frames 70–75. Contemporary vellum over pasteboards, all edges speckled red, lacking ties; hinges (inside) open or partially so with text block still nicely attached to vellum. Lower outside, blank corner of title-page torn with loss and replaced by a fine example of leafcasting. => A very good copy. (Inventory #: 36723)