Cronica Franciscana de las Provincias del Peru
Publisher: Academy of American Franciscan History
Place: Washington, DC
xciii+1195 pages with frontispiece, illustrations, bibliography and index. Quarto (11 3/4" x 8 1/4") issued in wrappers and rebound in quarter leather with gilt lettering to spine with original wrappers bound in. Introduction and notes by Lino G Canedo. Foreword by Antonine Tibsear. Franciscan Historical Classics, Volume I. Limited to 750 copies. First published in Lima in 1651. Second edition.
Fray Diego de Cordova Salinas lived in Lima 1591-1654. In 1620 he was appointed notario apostolico of the Franciscan Order with the task of collecting canonical information on the life and the virtues of friars, who had died with a reputation for sanctity (muertos en opinion de santidad). Already at this time he seems to have been commissioned to write the chronicle of the Franciscan provinces of Peru, i.e., of all the Spanish possessions in South America. During the following decades he was busy with this collecting information and with composing biographies and relations, some of them lost, some preserved in manuscript, others published by the author himself. All these works can be regarded as preparatory studies to his opus magnum: the Cronica franciscana, printed in Lima in 1651. This work contains data on diverse subjects: geography, ethnography, ethnology, history. Fray Diego, however, pays attention chiefly to the activities of the Franciscans, and most especially to the lives and miracles of friars dead with a reputation for sanity, having for these subjects quite a lot of good information, including personal experiences. Thus, his chronicle no doubt is of great interest for the student of Franciscan history. To other historians, however, it is of little use. The fact is that the author has the custom of copying, often word by word, his sources. Seeking in the Cronica franciscana for notices concerning the Inca period and the Spanish conquest or the viceregal government of Peru you will only find facts and opinions taken over from Father Acosta, Antonio de Herrera, Garcilaso de la Vega, Solorzano Pereira and other authorities cited by the chronicler. This lack of originality is typical for the seventeenth-century chronicler. On the other hand, Fray Diego usually informs us of his sources in a more satisfactory manner than is customary among his contemporaries, inserting name of authors, title of books, chapters and often folio numbers as well. (HAHR: volume XXXVIII, page 123-4)
Some slight scuffing, pages uncut. A very good copy.
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