Tesoros verdaderos de las Yndias en la historia de la gran provincia de San Juan Bautista del Peru

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Author: Melendez, Juan de (?-1684)

Year: 1681

Publisher: Nicolas Angel Tinassio

Place:  Romæ (Rome)


a-a4+b-b2+A1a+670+viii with index. Folio (12" x 8 1/4") bound in original vellum with five raised spine bands with hand written title to spine. First edition.

Juan de Melendez was a Dominican friar and chronicler who was born in Lima, Peru. He entered the Convent del Rosario where he completed his studies. After teaching for some years, he was put in charge of studies in the convents of Cuzco and Lima. He became vicar-general of the convents and doctrines of the archbishopric of Lima and the bishoprics of Cuzco, Arequipa, Huamanga, Panama and Darien. In 1671 he was name procurator of the Peruvian Dominican province and in connection with this position traveled to Madrid and Rome where he gather material for and wrote his monumental work Tesoros verdaderos de las Yndias en la historia de la gran provincia de San Juan Bautista del Peru. Although he took a great deal of material from other writers, the most valuable part of this chronicle is a detailed description of the city of Lima in the 17th century. This included an inventory of corporations, churches and convents. The style is clear and concise. He was subsequently was appointed regent of the Colegio de la Minerva, in spite of the provision of its founder, Juan Solano, that the position be held by a religious from Spain. During his residence in Madrid and rome he was commissioned by his province to promote the cause of the beatification and canonization of Fray Vincente Vernedo, of whom he published a biography in Lima in 1675, La vida y virtudes del Venerable Padre Vincente Vernedo. He also published a memorial to the king (1680), asking the royal influence to be exerted for the cause before the Holy See.


Crude vellum repairs, page edges tape repaired, some worming, period ink signature to tile scratched out, signature sprung, boards slightly bowed else about good.

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