# 38385

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Breve resumen de la vida y martyrio del inclyto mexicano y proto-martyr del Japón, el Beato San Felipe de Jesús.

USD $2,750

Añadidas algunas obvias reflecciones en honor del mismo Héroe esclarecido, y de esta dichosísima Ciudad felize en ser su Patria. Por un Eclesiástico de este Arzobispado … … México : En la Oficina Madrileña de la Calle de Sto. Domingo y Esquina de Tacuba, 1802. Octavo (195 x 140 mm), contemporary full mottled calf (very good, with some minor staining and edge wear), spine with gilt decoration, edges stained red; lacking the front free endpaper, pp. 71, with engraved allegorical half-title leaf (as in all copies) from Montés de Oca’s Vida de San Felipe de Jesus, protomártir de Japón y patrón de su patria México (1801) and one other portrait plate, both engraved by Montés de Oca, ‘invento i grabo en México, Calle del Bautisterio de Sta. Catalina Mr. No. 1’; the title with two faint old collection stamps of the Padres Pasionistas, some browning to margins of the outer leaves, but internally clean and fresh, an excellent copy.

A biography of San Felipe de Jesús (1572-1597), the first Mexican-born saint, and the first native of the Americas to be canonized, who was martyred in Japan. Beristain attributes the work to José María de Munibe. Although separately published in Mexico City – the metropolis of which San Felipe de Jesús would become the patron saint – it is in many respects a companion volume to Montés de Oca’s lavishly illustrated Vida de San Felipe de Jesus, published in the previous year. Indeed, the two works share the same engraved title leaf.

Palau 35446; Medina, Mexico, 9461; Tenri Catalogue I, 2.18; Nipponalia, 1647 & p. xxvi; Beristain de Souza, Biblioteca Hispano Americana Setentrional (1883), Vol. II, p. 314; not in Cordier.