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Canadian Native Americans as victims & perpetrators of violence

AMERICAS. CANADA. Bressani, Francesco Giuseppe (1612-1672)
Breve Relatione d’Alcune Missioni de’ PP. della Compagnia di Giesù nella Nuova Francia.

Macerata: Heirs of Agostino Grisei, 1653

$15,000.00

Quarto: 21.5 x 15.5 cm. [4], 8 pp., 9-10 ll., 11-127, [1] pp. Collation: π2 A4 B4 (±B1.2) C-Q4

FIRST EDITION of one of the most important eyewitness accounts of 17th-century Canada devoted primarily to the Huron Indians, but also with accounts of other groups, including the Jesuit author’s captivity and mutilation under the Iroquois. He also devotes 25 pages to a 1643 letter written by his Jesuit colleague Isaac Jogues (1607-1646), who was killed by the Mohawks.

Bressani (1612-1672), an Italian Jesuit, travelled to Canada as a missionary in 1642.

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Alden & Landis 653/15; De Backer & Sommervogel II, col. 133; Walter, Jesuit relations, 43; Church 524; James Ford Bell Lib. B-407; JCB II, p. 428; Lande, Canadiana 57; McCoy, Jesuit relations 82; Sabin 7734; not in Eberstadt; Streeter.

The Work of Cloistered Women - A History of Two Mexican Convents - Replete with Miracles

AMERICAS. Sigüenza y Góngora, Carlos de (1645-1700)
Parayso occidental, plantado y cultivado por la liberal benefica mano de los muy catholicos y poderosos reyes de España, nuestros senores, en su magnifico Real Convento de Jesus Maria de Mexico: de cuya fundacion y progressos y de las prodigiosas maravillas y virtudes, con que exalando olor suave de perfeccion, florecieron en su clausura la V.M. Marina de la Crvz y otras exemplarissimas religiosas, da noticia en este volumen D. Carlos Siguenza y Gongora.

Mexico: Juan de Ribera, 1684

$10,500.00

Quarto: 23 x 17 cm. [12], 206, [1] lvs. Collation: [a]-c4, A-Ddd4, Eee8 (lacks blank leaf Eeee8)

First edition of this important history: "Paradise in the West, planted and cultivated by the liberal and beneficent hand of the most Catholic and powerful Kings of Spain, Our Lords, in their magnificent Real Convento de Jesús María of Mexico City: of whose foundation and progress, and prodigious marvels and virtues, with which the Venerable Madre Marina de la Cruz and other exemplary religious women, giving off sweet smells of perfection, flowered in its cloister, don Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, Mexican Presbyter, gives notice in this volume.

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Medina, Mexico II: 1328; Palau 312973; Sabin 80980

For Visitation Nuns? - Printed by Paula de Benavides - Dedicated to Saint Teresa of Ávila

Asenjo y Crespo, Ignacio de (1648-1736)
Exercicio practico de la voluntad de Dios, y compendio de la mortificacion.

Mexico: Viuda de Bernardo Calderon, 1682

$4,500.00

Sextodecimo: 9.5 x 7 cm. [12], 130, 66 leaves. Collation: π8, par4, A-Q8, R2, a-h8, i2

FIRST EDITION. A fine copy in contemporary vellum, lacking ties, with deckled lower edges to a number of leaves, and only a few minor faults: cc. light foxing, paper flaw to F3, costing a word, small hole in a1. Naïve woodcut headpiece with a cherub's head on verso of leaf R2.

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Plantin types in Mexico – Perhaps the earliest instance of an entire volume dedicated to a Classical Author

Cicero, Marcus Tullius (106-43 B.C.); Soarez, Cypriano de, S.J. (1524-1593)
M. Tullii Ciceronis, orationes duodecim selectae.

Mexico: Juan Joseph Guillena Carrascoso, 1693

$12,500.00

Octavo: 14.1 x 9.8 cm. [10 of 12], 228, [84 of 86] pages. Collation: π6 (-π5), A-Z4, Aa-Ee4, F1; a8-e8 (-b1), f4 (-f4 presumed blank). Lacks two printed leaves.

I have been unable to identify any earlier instance of an entire volume, printed in Mexico, exclusively dedicated to the work of a classical author. A long Spanish introduction by the printer places the work under the protection of Saint Joseph to find a broad readership.

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Iberian Books: IB 72593 (locating BN Mexico only); Medina, Mexico 1541; Palau 54374. USTC, no. 5109223

With an Account of Benjamin Franklin's Kite Experiment

ELECTRICITY. Calandrelli, Giuseppe
Ragionamento sopra il conduttore elettrico Quirinale dell'abate Giuseppe Calandrelli

Rome: nella stamperia Salomoni, 1789

$4,800.00

Octavo: 20.5 x 140 cm. [2], xxxvi p.

First edition of this rare publication, dealing with the construction of the lightning conductor installed on the Quirinal Palace in Rome (in order to prevent further damage from lightning strikes.)

Calandrelli discusses the electrical experiments of other well-known scientists such as Priestley, Toaldo, Landriani, De Saussure, Reccaria, Lord Malion, and above all, those of Benjamin Franklin, including Franklin's iconic kite experiment of June 1752.

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Wheeler Gift 554

The Life of a Jesuit Mystic in Colonial Mexico – Written by the First Native Floridian Jesuit

Florencia, Francisco de, S.J. (b. San Augustín, Florida, ca. 1619 – d. Ciudad de México, 1695)
Relacion de la exemplar, y religiosa vida del Padre Nicolas de Guadalaxara, professo de nuestra Compañia de Jesus, a los Reverendos Padres, y charissimos Hermanos de la V. y Religiosa Provincia de Nueva-España a quienes la dirige, y dedica el P. Francisco de Florencia de la misma Compañia de Iesus ; con quatro breves tratados espirituales, para las almas, que tratan de virtud, compuestos por el mesmo Padre Nicolas de Guadalaxara.

Mexico: Juan de Ribera, impressor, y mercader de libros en el Empedradillo, 1684

$6,500.00

Quarto: 19 x 15 cm. [4], 32, 23, [1] leaves. Collation: π4, A-H4, a-f4

The life of the Mexican Jesuit priest, mystic, and poet Nicolás de Guadalajara (1631-1683), written by the Criollo Jesuit Francisco de Florencia, historian of the Society of Jesus in Mexico, and the first Jesuit born in what was to become the United States, more specifically, in San Augustín, Florida.

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Medina, Mexico 1305; Sabin 24818; Backer-Sommervogel; III, col. 795; Streit II, 2197; Puttick and Simpson, Bibl. Mej., 858 and 921

Learning the Mixe Language - A Manual for Confessors - Printed in Puebla by Catalina Cerezo

SPANISH. AMERICAS. MEXICO. Quintana, Augustin de (ca. 1660-1734)
Confessonario [sic] en lengua Mixe, con una construccion de las oraciones de la Doctrina Christiana, y vn compendio de voces mixes, para enseñarse â prononciar la dicha lengua

Puebla: Por la Viuda de Miguel de Ortega, 1733

$11,500.00

Quarto: 20.5 x 14.5 cm. [16], 148, [4] p. Collation: π4, ¶4, A-T4

First edition of this important confessors' manual, in Mixe and Spanish, by Agustin de Quintana, "a native of Oajaca, and labored for 28 years as a missionary among the Mijes Indians, whose difficult dialect he perfectly mastered' (Sabin)Remarkably, Quintana stresses that the main objective of writing his 'Confessario' was not 'to teach morality', but'to teach the Mixe language.

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Medina, Imprenta en la Puebla de los Angeles (1640-1821), 399; Viñaza, Bibliografía española de lenguas indígenas de América, 301; Palau y Dulcet, Manual del librero hispano-americano (2. ed.), 244703; Sabin, Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, 67320

For Graduates & Faculty of the University of Mexico

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTÓNOMA DE MÉXICO. Beye de Cisneros y Quijano, Manuel Ignacio (1718-1787)
Manuale formarum juramentorum ab his præstandorum, qui in Rectores, Consiliarios, & Officiales in hac alma, Imperiali, Mexicana Academia eliguntur, & ab his, qui gradu aliquo majori, vel minori sunt insigniendi. Fidei item professio secundum Sanctum Œcumenicum Concilium Tridentinum, quam juxta Constitutiones, ac Sanctiones ejusdem Universitatis emittere tenentur majori, vel minori gradu decorandi, quique Cathedras sunt moderaturi, antequam earum possessionem nanciscantur. Ad Imperialis Mexiceæ Academiæ usum typis mandatum jussu D.D.D. Emmanuelis Ignatii Beye, Zisneros, et Quixano, prædictae Universitatis olim Consiliarij, Decreti Exedræ semel, atque iterum Moderatoris, Regiæ Curiæ Causidici,& tandem Rectoris munus exercentis.

Mexico: Ex novâ Typographiâ editioni Bibliothecae Mexicanae destinatâ, 1759

$5,600.00

Quarto: 26.5 x 21 cm. [25] leaves: signatures [A]8 (blank [A]7 and [A]8 are canceled), B-D4, E2, F4, G4 (- blanks G2-G4) (blank [A]1 is present). Complete.

A handsome Mexican imprint, with a skillful engraving of the University’s intricate coat of arms by Francisco C. Rodríguez. See Mathes (La Ilustración en México colonial, p. 154; Register 4531).

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Bancroft Sale (Bangs, 1900) 429. Beristáin de Souza, Biblioteca Hispano Americana Setentrional (1883), Vol. I, p. 310. Bibliotheca Mejicana 1027. Blake 3184: “Of the utmost rarity.” Medina, México 4531. Palau 28851. Ramírez Sale 475. Sabin 44420.

Native Fashion in 16th c. Virginia - The Expanded Second Edition – With New Woodcuts of Native Americans

WOMEN. COSTUME. NATIVE AMERICANS. Vecellio, Cesare (ca. 1521-1601)
Habiti antichi et moderni di tutto il mondo di Cesare Vecellio ; di nuouo accresciuti di molte figure ; vestitus antiquorum recentiorumque totius orbis per Sulstatium Gratilianum Senapolensis Latinè declarati.

Venice: Appresso Gio. Bernardo Sessa, 1598

$14,000.00

Octavo: 17.5 x 12 cm. [56], 507, [1] lvs. Collation: a-g8, A-Z8, Aa-Zz8, Aaa-Rrr8, Ss4 (lacking blank Ss4).

Cesare Vecellio, who joined the workshop of his famous cousin Titian before 1548, was active as a publisher by 1570. The original 1590 edition included some 420 woodcuts by Christoph Krieger [Cristoforo Guerra], who died before completing the 450 cuts stipulated in his contract; this 2nd edition of 1598 contains 88 additional woodcuts (see Bayer, "Art and Love in Renaissance Italy").

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EDIT 16; CNCE 29586; BM STC Italian, 1465-1600, p. 713; Sabin, 98732; Alden, J.E. European Americana, 598/112; Hiler, H. Bibliography of costume (1. ed.), p. 873; Bayer, A.J. Art and love in Renaissance Italy, no. 64, p. 145; Lipperheide Aa 33