Medina, Baltasar de
Sermon de la Immaculada Concepcion de Maria que predico en la sancta yglesia Cathedral de Manila el R.P.F. Baltazar de Medina … …
En Manila : en el Collegio y Vniuersidad de Sancto Thomas de Aquino por el capitan D. Gaspar de los Reyes, 1672. Small quarto, later green morocco, gilt borders, spine with raised bands lettered in gilt; ff , 9; printed on rice paper; f. with engraved royal arms; some repairs to margins, including title, with loss of a few letters.
The Franciscan Friar Baltasar de Medina (1634-1697) was born in Mexico City. ‘Sometime around 1670 he was selected visitador, or inspector, for the Franciscan province of St. Gregory in the Philippines. While crossing the Pacific, Friar Medina claims he rescued a religious image which was in the hands of the “barbarians” that population the Mariana Islands after it had been abandoned there by missionaries. He toured the convents of the Discalced Franciscans in the Philippines, giving sermons and conducting research into the life of St. Philip of Jesus, Mexico’s first saint, who lived for a time in the Philippines before his martyrdom in Japan.’ (Bryn Mawr College)
Jose, Impreso, 197; Bernardo 710; Medina, Manila, 96; Palau, 159372; Retana 1906: 129: “De este tan raro impreso filipino, no descrito por Medina en su Imprenta en Manila 1896, pero si en las Adiciones de 1904, he logrado ver tan solo dos ejemplares …’
OCLC locates only one copy (Biblioteca Nacional de España); copies are also held in the National Library of the Philippines, the Lopez Memorial Museum, Pasig and the Biblioteca de Oaxaca, Mexico (Jose).