# 14228

Juan de las Indias, Preste (pseud.) [Morales, Luis de, attributed]

Respvesta del serenissimo señor Preste-Juan de las Indias. A vna carta del ilvstrissimo don Fray Gines Barrientos, Dominico, Obispo Auxiliar del Titulo de Troya, en las Islas Philipinas … …

[Manila?] : [s.n.]. [1684 or 1685]. Folio, later peacock boards rebacked in calf, spine with raised bands, gilt lettering and ornament; front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Anthero Carreiro de Freitas; printed on rice paper; ff 10; cross at head of text; at foot of last page: ‘en esta Imperial Corte de Abysinios … al 22 de la Luna ventosa y mes del Obispo, en el año Climatérico de las mil y quinientos de nuestra salud. Nos el Preste Ivan de las Indias. Por mandado de su Serenidad el Preste luán de las Indias, mi Señor. Don Baston de Fox y Recio de Tirtefuera, Plenipotenciario vniversal de Abyssinios’; a fine copy.

According to Pardo de Tavera, this rare and obsure satirical pamphlet, issued without any imprint, was printed in Manila and is the work of a local Jesuit. It is a criticism of the Dominican friars and the newly arrived Dominican archbishop, Felipe Fernandez de Pardo. The writer savagely attacks the Dominican College of Santo Tomás and defends the Jesuit College of San José. The work was in fact proscribed by the Catholic Church and was listed in the Roman Index. It has recently been attributed to Luis de Morales (1641-1716), the Spanish Jesuit missionary brought by Sanvitores from Mexico to the Philippines in 1671, originally to help with the evangelisation of the Marianas (see Jesús Martínez de Bujanda, Marcella Richter, eds. Index librorum prohibitorum 1600-1966. Sherbrooke : Centre d’études de la Renaissance, Université de Sherbrooke, 2002, p.476).

Pardo de Tavera, Biblioteca Filipina, 1352; not in Palau or Sabin.

Not in OCLC; not in the National Library of the Philippines.