Tratado de los Evangelios que nuestra madre la Iglesia propone en todo el año desde la primera domínica de adviento hasta la última misa de difuntos, santos de España y añadidos en el nuevo rezado

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Author: Avila, Francisco de (1573?-1647) and Florián Sarmiento Rendón

Year: 1646-48


Place: Lima


2 volumes in one. [52]+[36]+564; [11]+134+[6") bound table] in double column pages. Folio (12" x 8") bound in contemporary calf. (Medina, Lima 289; Palau 68866.) First edition.

The Tratado was published in 1646 and is a collection of 122 sermons printed in Spanish and Quechua for use by missionaries. The second part was published after his death by his executor Florian Sarmiento Rendon. This is the first substantial book of new sermons for Indians to be published in Peru since 1585.

Francisco de Avila, born in Cuzco, was a mestizo parish priest of San Damian de Checa after 1597 and one of the principal campaigners to investigate and repress suspect Andean religiosity and alleged perversions of Catholicism. He studied at the Jesuit College in Cuzco and graduated in 1606. Avila was knowledgeable about Andean traditions and was responsible for the eradication of pagan beliefs in the Huarochiri Manuscript, a Quechua-language text from the late 16th century, describing myths, religious notions and traditions of the Indians of Huarochirí Province.

.The sermon collections of Francisco de Avila, in his tratado is an enduring monument to the mental atmosphere of the extirpating era in the Lima region. As was the custom of notable preachers in contemporary Spain, these sermonarios were published late in the life of the author, representing a "personal selection" from a repertoire of texts that had been preached and added to for many years. The contents of the tratado are bound in a freer, more "leisurely" form than the sermon proper. Avila preached in a populist fashion over the heads of parish clergy and directly to the Indians, whom he called "people possessing reason."


Title extensively repaired and restored with lower portions in facsimile, leaves Cc6-8 and illustrated second title page in facsimile, text repaired and restored at margins, affecting some text with portrait of St. Peter supplied in facsimile with minor restoration, not affecting text, trimmed at outer margin, affecting printed marginalia, occasional light damp-staining, rebacked, preserving original back-strip, light wear to corners some worming and marginalia else a good copy of a rare item with only four copies located in institutions.

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