[Madrid. N.d., ca. 1690]. 92, leaves. Folio. Late 19th-century marbled wrappers. Wrappers chipped at fore-edge. Additional manuscript pagination, the text likely bound in a sammelband at some point. Occasional light tanning and foxing. Small worm track in upper gutter of several leaves. About very good. In a folding cloth case, gilt leather label. Item #WRCAM54860
First and apparently only edition of this defense of Archbishop Felipe Fernandez de Pardo of Manila in his dispute with Juan de Vargas y Hurtado, Governor of the Philippines. Vargas attempted to have Pardo excommunicated over the latter's perceived bias in favor of Pardo's own Dominican order. Felipe Pardo (1611-89) was Archbishop of Manila from 1680 until his death. Berart, who mounted this defense of Pardo, was a fellow Dominican and addresses his text to the Audiencia for the Indies. Medina posits a publication date of 1690, while Palau puts it at 1689. OCLC lists eight copies under seven accession numbers, with only the Newberry Library and Indiana University in the United States. MEDINA, ISLAS FILIPINAS 380. PALAU 27670.