Mexico City: 1759-1941. Altogether 33 items (plus 14 duplicate pieces of religious ephemera). Includes 5 monographs dating from 1759-1941, various bindings, various conditions (see below). Fair. Item #3673
INTRIGUING "COLECCION RELIGIOSA MEXICANA" totalling 33 items (of which 5 are monographs dating from 1759, 1833, 1857, 1933, and 1941), with a goodly quantity of "unfindable" Mexican pilgrims flyers, prayer cards, etc.
CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION:
¶ 1-28 (ephemera): Archive of Mexican religious broadsheets, pilgrims flyers, and prayer cards, various imprints, various dates (20th century). Condition: fair (generally printed on cheap paper). Added: 14 duplicate broadsheets and prayer cards.
¶ 29 (monograph). Martinez de la Parra, Juan. Luz de verdades Catholicas y explicacion de la doctrina christiana. Madrid, Ibarra, 1759. Folio, contemporary calf (rebacked, corners repaired). Lacking gathering a6 (includes title-page), fol. Ss2, and fols. Ss6-8. Final leaves poorly mended. POOR condition. One of the most vivid and realistic pictures of daily life in Mexico at the end of the seventeenth century. The captivating recollections are full of details about local religious practices and customs, spells, magic, divinatory arts, dire omens, tecolote, peyote, peculiarities of social and economic life, corruption, venality, and even usury.
¶ 30 (monograph): El patronato analizado contra el patronato embrollado por los novadores, para sacar a la autoridad civil duena de lo espiritual. Mexico: Reimpreso por Mariano Arevalo, 1833. 8vo. 38 pp. Stitched in original self-wrappers (first two pages foxed). Pro-Church analysis of the patronato question (opposes the idea of the state being in total control of the church).
¶ 31 (monograph): Balmes, Jaime Luciano, 1810-1848. Sobre absolucion sacramental. Guadalajara, Mexico, 1857. 8vo. 12 pp. Extracted from a binding. Good condition. Scarce.
¶ 32 (monograph): Cartas de Religiosos de Nueva Espana (1539-1594). Series title: Documentos para la Historia de Mexico. 8vo. 203 pp. Original wrappers. Good condition. Contents: "Letter from Fr. Jeronimo de Mendieta to Fr. Commissar General Fr. Francisco de Bustamante (1562)," "Letter from Fr. Jeronimo de Mendieta to King D. Felipe II (1565)," "Letter from Fr. Provincial Fr. Miguel Navarro to the viceroy (1568)," "Petition presented by F. Fr. Alonso de Escalona to the Royal Audience (1570)," "Letter from Fr. Juan de San Roman, Michoacán, March 16, 1571."
¶ 33 (monograph): Robert Ricard, La "Conquete spirituelle" du Mexique, Universite de Paris, Travaux et memoires de l'institut d'Ethnologie, 20 (Paris, 1933). First edition. Small folio. xix, , 404,  pp. Original green cloth (soiled and worn, paper becoming BRITTLE). "Learned, thorough examination of Mexican religious conversion to the 1570s [...] clear insights into the motivations of missionaries and the responses of Indian converts" (Griffin 2435). Discusses the authorship of indigenous-language doctrines to indoctrinate Amerindians, and on the politics at play between the missionary orders in the censorship and publication of this scholarship.