Mexico City: Viuda de Bernardo Calderon, 1653. ,110 [i.e., 88] leaves. Small octavo. Contemporary limp vellum. Moderate staining and wear. Remnants of two leather ties at fore-edge; manuscript shelf label and title on spine. Marca de fuego applied to title page, with resulting loss in lower quadrant. Good plus. Item #1629
First Mexican edition of this important Jesuit guide for confessors in New Spain. The present work is divided into four sections. The first addresses modes of penitence, the second explains the Decalogue and potential transgressions related to the cardinal sins, the third section is devoted entirely to various types of usury, and the final section describes other Catholic sacraments and violations thereof. In addition to monetary infractions, the author, Gabino Carta, is particularly interested in sexual transgressions, and he enumerates and expounds upon them at length, at one point calling lust the most evil of the emotions and the one with the most potential sinful outlets.
Illustrated with a crude, but charming woodcut of the Virgin Mary on the second preliminary leaf, and branded with the marca de fuego of the Convento de San Cosme in Mexico City (BF-12038), which is bizarrely applied to the title page, causing some loss but also providing an example of an extremely uncommon use of the tool. Regardless of the intentionally defaced title, the work is quite rare; we locate only three copies, at Penn, New Mexico, and the National Library of Chile.
Medina, Mexico 775. Palau 46261.