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Early works to 1800
|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Valadés, Diego, 1533-
Rhetorica christiana ad concionandi et orandi vsvm accommodata.
[Pervsiae], [apud Petrumiacobum Petrutium], 
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Diego Valadés; Pietro Giacomo Petrucci
|Notes:||First book by Mexican-born author printed in Europe.
Intended as instruction manual for Franciscan missionaries to Mexico; contains multiple references to America and descriptions of indigenous Mexican culture and customs.
Imprint from colophon.
Signatures: a-b⁴ [c]² A-M⁴ N² O-3D⁴ (O2 missigned N2, D4 blank).
Title within ornamental border; text within double rule borders; woodcut head- and tail-pieces; initials.
3 leaves (following pages 176 and 220) printed on recto and verso.
Engravings: female allegories of Theology and Rhetoric with device of Franciscans and arms of Gregory XIII (title page); philosopher with globe and instuments, moon, strars, sun, and other elements of allegorical singnificance (page 5); Christ pouring out the River of Life from wound in his side, with numerous allegorical and mnemonic symbols (page 7); angel assisting writer with his writing, surrounded by allegorical images (page 10); "Sacra Theologia" allegorical figure of preaching monk standing among books (page 14); full-page emblematic image with roundels showing seven liberal arts: arithmetic, geometry, astrology, dilalectics, music, rhetoric, and grammar (page 17); ancient Jewish orator delivering sermon in front of small temple (page 25); head in profile with labels for senses, imagination, fantasy, and cognition, signed by author "F.D. Valades, inventor" (page 88); three mnemonic alphabets (full-page plates following page 100); Aztec calendar wheel superimposed with figures of Zodiac, signed by author (full-page plate preceding page 101); fold-out view of Mexico City (full-page folded plate following page168); stylized depiction of hierarchical structure of the Church (full-page, recto of leaf following page 176); elaborate scene showing bleeding heart of crucified Christ filling the Treasury of Merit (full-page, verso of leaf following page 176); stylized tree depicting secular hierarchical structure, with emperor residing at top, descending down to Hell at the bottom (full-page, recto of leaf preceeding page 177); mnemonic emblem in form of large cross (full-page, verso of leaf preceeding page 177); full-page allegorical image of Franciscan evangelization in the New World, signed by author (page 207); Franciscan friar in pulpit instructing indigenous congregation (page 211, full-page); "Typus Peccatoris" grotesque image of sinner beset by winged devils (page 214); two full-page illustrations showing stages of temptation, sin, and punishment (pages 216-217); full-page image relating to holiness of matrimony and punishment of infidelity (recto of leaf following page 220); Great Chain of Being linking all stages of universe, with rows representing paradise, humans, and angels. Signed by author (verso of leaf following page 220); Franciscan friar and his indigenous congregation at foot of scene of Christ's crucification, preacher uses pointer to explain elements of the scene (recto of leaf preceding page 221); missionary and his party carrying religious artifacts meet small group of Native Americans, signed by author (page 224); Native Americans seating in circle around missionary (page 225).
Errors in paging: pages 26-27, 30-31, 98, 154-155, 205-212 misnumbered 18-19, 22-23, 89, 155-154, 105-112 respectively.
|Description:||, 378,  pages,  leaves of plates (2 folded) : 27 illustrations (copperplate engravings), 1 letterpress chart ; 24 cm. (4to)|
|Other Titles:||Rhetorica christiana ad concionandi, et orandi usum accommodata|
|Responsibility:||Avctore Rdo ad modvm P.F. Didaco Valades totivs ordinis Fratrvm Minorvm regvlaris observantiae oli[m] procvratore generali in Romana Cvria an[n]o D[omi]ni M.D.LXXVIIII. Cvm licentia svperiorvm.|
- Franciscans -- Missions -- America.
- Franciscans -- Missions -- Mexico.
- Indians of Mexico -- Missions -- Early works to 1800.
- Indians of North America -- Missions -- Early works to 1800.
- Indians of North America -- Social life and customs -- Early works to 1800.
- Indians of North America -- Colonization -- History.
- Preaching -- Early works to 1800.
- Rhetoric -- Early works to 1800.
- Indians of Mexico -- Missions.
- Indians of North America -- Colonization.
- Indians of North America -- Missions.
- Indians of North America -- Social life and customs.