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García Racimo, Juan

Carta que escrivio el Padre Procurador General de Filipinas de los religiosos descalços de N.S.P.S. Francisco,

en que da quenta a su provincial de las cosas sucedidas en Filipinas, China, Japon y otras partes del Asia ; y de como se aparecio N. Señora de la Concepcion en Cabite, enzima del Texado del convento de San Diego, que lo estavan acañoneando, y recibiendo en sus manos las valas, las bolvia a los enemigos. Madrid : [s.n.], 1683. [Colophon]. Folio, later grey papered boards, spine lettered in black ink; pp [4]; cross at head of text; text in two columns; small marginal repairs to first leaf; a good copy.

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.

This is the third edition of his letter to his Provincial, first published in both Madrid and Barcelona in 1671, in which 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.

Retana, 151; Pardo de Tavera, Biblioteca Filipina, 1158 (for the first Madrid edition)

This edition not in OCLC; not in National Library of the Philippines.