Mexico City: Por los Herederos de Juan Joseph Guillena Carrascoso, 1715. ,66 [i.e., 104] leaves. Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt tooled. Leather stripped at head of spine and upper rear corner; boards scuffed and slightly warped; remnants of two tied at fore-edge. Hinges starting, text block cracked at center. Contemporary ownership inscription on verso of title page. Dampstaining, with some damage to endpapers; light worming at top edge, not affecting text. Good plus. Item #2466
First Mexican edition of a fascinating and rare interactive confessional. The present volume lists hundreds of very specific sins that stem from and are organized by the structure of the Ten Commandments. Each transgression is printed in one or two lines separated by printed rules and carefully slit to form small slips, with backing leaves pasted together and with shallow tabs at the fore-edge and gutter margins. The sinner is meant to select the relevant sins, and to untuck the leading edge of the slip on which it is printed from the fore-edge or gutter tab in order to keep track of them until confession. After the book has been consulted and confession occurred, one may retuck the slips and begin again. Possible sins include touching a nun, requesting more medicine than is necessary, having impure thoughts about either sex, and murder. The work was first published in Latin at Cologne in 1639, and went through several editions and translations in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries; however, this is the first edition printed in the Americas. A rather complex early 18th-century Mexican imprint, and quite scarce -- OCLC lists only one copy in U.S. institutions, at Stanford. The present copy bears the ownership inscription of the translator, Juan Bautista de Barry y Ricavilla.