Lima: Plazuela de San Christoval, por Juan Joseph Gonzalez de Cossio, 1752. ,279,pp. Numerous errors in pagination. Small quarto. Contemporary vellum, lettered on spine; recased, with new endpapers. Lower corner of rear cover repaired. Minor toning to a few leaves. Near fine. Item #WRCAM40986
First American edition of this work by the Spanish Jesuit, Calatayud, containing theological advice for priests. The work was first published in separate editions in Pamplona and Valencia in 1736. This Lima edition includes a preface by Pedro Antonio, Archbishop of Lima, outlining the reasons for reprinting the text, and reprints the original dedication and various approvals from the earlier editions. The work consists of six discourses intended to guide priests in their ministerial works. More a philosophical work than a practical guide, Calatayud explores the moral and religious obligations which priests have to those they serve and to themselves. The sixth discourse is addressed to bishops and prelates, and the final essay is addressed to an "illustrious bishop," Archbishop of Cartagena Thomas Joseph de Montes, to whom the work is addressed. MEDINA (LIMA) 1040. VARGAS UGARTE 1645. PALAU 39488.