Manila. 1739. ,61, leaves. Small quarto. Slightly later limp vellum, spine title in manuscript, edges sprinkled red, remnants of two ties at fore-edge. Boards with some ink and dampstaining, corners bumped. Small, unobtrusive stamp on titlepage verso. Contemporary manuscript inscriptions on front and rear endpapers. Light tanning, otherwise internally clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM52099
An exceedingly rare work printed at the University of St. Thomas in Manila, the first university in Asia, providing instructions to the Order of Dominicans in the Philippines for the completion of their various religious duties. A second work, on the privileges allowed to various members of the order and those accorded to natives is also included, with continuous foliation. Del Rio was a Dominican who had arrived in the Philippines in 1713. He worked primarily in the town of Pangasinan, eventually became the Procurator General of the provincial order, and is known to be the author of one other work, an account of a small Philippine mission, also from 1739. The Dominicans first arrived in the Philippines in 1587, and used Manila as the base of their operations in Asia and the Pacific. Not in the National Library of Spain, OCLC locates only one copy of the present work, at the Boston Public Library. MEDINA, MANILA 207. LECLERC 2939. PALAU 268230. OCLC 317736434.