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    Meditaciones, que usa Congregacion del Senor San Cayetano [Meditations for use by the Congregation of the Church of San Cayetano]. Cadiz: Don Pedro Gomez de Requena, [1774].

    Full title: Meditaciones, que usa Congregacion del Senor San Cayetano en los Exercicios que practica en la Auxiliar Parroquia de N. Sra. Del Rosario, donde esta establecida, Sacalas a Luz La Misma Congregacion para el Uso de sus Congregados. Translation: Prayers for use by the Congregation of the Church of San Cayetano and exercises practiced in the outer parishes of the New Lady of the Rosary [Bogota, Colombia] where there is established a congregation of [mulattos/light-skinned people with black features], to [bring] Light [to] the Same Congregation.

    Twelvemo. 106 pages. Woodcut.

    Full red calf, gilt. Gilt spine, boards, board edges, and dentelles. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers, integral satin page marker. Light scuffing of board corners and a few spots along spine, but generally quite nice. Textblock is amazingly bright, clean, and solid, with occasional age toning and foxing. Handwritten corrections on pages six and eight.

    In 1509, King Ferdinand II of Spain directed that a permanent settlement be established on Cubagua Island off the coast of Venezuela; the colony was ruled with a loose hand from Bogota. The settlement, called Nueva Cadiz, became an important pearl harvesting center where local Indians were forced into slavery to dive for the unusual pink and white pearls grown in the area. Within ten years, Spain had invaded and taken over much of Mexico, and church leaders in Bogota felt it necessary provide religious training and indoctrination to its newly acquired citizens. Tracts were printed for the outlying Spanish settlements and the local Indians under their rule; this little book appears to be one such tract. It lists religious holidays by month, explains how to perform various masses, and offers important points to be included in sermons. Fine, rare and desirable!


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