Item #3221 Reglas para Examinar, y Discernir el Interior Aprovechamiento de un Alma. Tomas De Jesus.
Reglas para Examinar, y Discernir el Interior Aprovechamiento de un Alma

Reglas para Examinar, y Discernir el Interior Aprovechamiento de un Alma

Mexico City: Francisco Salbago, 1635. [14],81,25 leaves. 16mo. Contemporary limp vellum. Minor wear and soiling to wrapper; endpapers lacking. 19th-century bookplate tipped to inner front wrapper. Title leaf with tear at upper corner, repaired on verso; final leaf worn, crudely laid down. Minor worming throughout, slightly affecting text; light dampstaining at edges of text block. Light tanning and scattered foxing. Good plus. Item #3221

First Mexican edition of this work on prayer by the Spanish Discalced Carmelite monk, Tomas de Jesus -- "Rules to Examine and to Discern the Inner Use of the Soul." The author was born in Baeza, southern Spain, in 1564; after reading the autobiography of Teresa of Avila, he joined the Order of the Discalced Carmelites in Granada in 1585. He helped to found several Carmelite deserts in the region at the end of the 16th century, and additional communities around Zaragoza in the first decade of the 17th century. After a stint in Rome, he went to the Low Countries, where he helped to introduce the Discalced Carmelite order by founding monasteries at Brussels, Louvain, Douai, Lille, and Cologne during the 1610s. The main body of the work provides a framework and method for the examination and improvement of the soul; an appendix, not by Tomas de Jesus, explains how one can use these exercises to obtain plenary indulgences from the Church. The present copy belonged to Joaquin Garcia Icazbalceta, the noted 19th-century Mexican bibliophile and bibliographer, with his small bookplate affixed to the inner front wrapper. A rare 17th-century Mexican imprint by a significant figure in the history of the Discalced Carmelite order -- we locate only two copies, at the University of Toronto and the Biblioteca Nacional de Mexico.

Price: $7,500.00

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