Mexico City: Juan Ruiz, 1646. ,215, leaves. Quarto. Later vellum, manuscript spine title, yapp edges. Vellum tied perished. Outer half of title page somewhat worn and dampstained, with minor loss, reinforced on blank verso. Lower portion of final leaf torn away, not affecting text. Light dampstaining at fore-edge of initial leaves; light tanning and occasional foxing throughout. About very good. Item #2049
A detailed and extensive guide to the management of a good Christian life, and a rare Juan Ruiz imprint. This is the second edition, though no copies of the first edition of 1630 survive and its existence is only known through the preliminaries of the present work. Little is known of the author, and this seems to be his only work.
This book is much more detailed than a catechism or other type of religious guide for the average layperson, and comprises a collection of quotations from the Bible, early church fathers, and theologians concerning human virtues and vices. The work is organized thematically according to topics, which include charity, sobriety, anger, and avarice, and totals over fifty sections. The resulting production is a fascinating assemblage of passages from the Gospels and Proverbs and quotations from Tertullian and Saint Augustine that is clearly aimed at a more educated, wealthy class of colonial Mexican society or members of the clergy.
Despite the substantial nature of the volume and an intended audience with a likely greater capacity to preserve its books, the work is quite rare. We locate only three copies, at the National Library of Mexico, the University of Puebla, and the John Carter Brown Library.
Medina 624. Palau 68127.