# 13543

Garcia Racimo, Juan

Carta que escriuio el P. Fr. Iuan Garcia Racimo, Religioso descalço de la Orden de N.P.S. Francisco, y Procurador General de las Filipinas, en que da quenta a su Prouincial de las cosas sucedidas en las Islas Filipinas, Iapon, y China, y otras partes del Asia, y de como se aparecio N. Senora en Cabite, encima del tejado del Conuento de S. Diego, que lo estauan acanoneando, y recibia en sus manos las balas, y las boluia a los enemigos.

Madrid, [s.n.], 1671. Folio, modern half calf over cloth boards ruled in gilt, spine with raised bands and gilt ornament; ff [2]; cross at the head of the text; browned.

Father Juan Garcia Racimo was a Franciscan friar, born in Quintanilla. He took his vows in 1651 and was soon sent to the Philippines as Procurator General. In 1668 he was despatched by the Governor to Java, where he received a welcome reception from the king, and in 1672 he travelled to Madrid as the king’s ambassador. In Madrid Garcia Racimo was granted an audience with Doña Mariana of Austria (acting as regent for her son, Charles II), and took the opportunity to advise her on the economic benefits that might flow to Spain from the establishment of trade ties with Japan.

In this letter to his Provincial, Garcia Racimo reports on recent events in the Philippines, China, Japan and Cochin China, including a description of a vision of Our Lady that appeared at the convent of San Diego de Alcala at Cavite, near Manila.

Garcia Racimo’s letter was reproduced in 1898 as part of Retana’s series Archivo del bibliófilo filipino, with the title Carta del p. fr. Juan Garcia Racimo noticiando sucesos de las islas Filipinas, Japón y China. Madrid 1671.

The Madrid printing of 1671 appears to be even rarer than the other known contemporary edition, which was printed in Barcelona in the same year.  We can locate only two sale records for the Madrid edition (Maggs Bros., in 1922 and 1926), although these appear to describe the same copy.

Pardo de Tavera, Biblioteca Filipina, 1158 (citing the copy in his own library); Retana II, p. 585.