MATERIAL: Printed
TYPE: Book
CONDITION: Original binding
NOTES: This small 16th century printed book is the first antique I ever bought when I started building up an antique collection of world cultures and religions in 2004. I graduated with a college degree in history and have been reading books about history and religions all my life, but did not ever buy an antique or even know that one could buy centuries old printed books and manuscripts till March of 2004 when my wife Ana took me to Strands Book Store in lower Manhattan (which I had never been to before-even though I grew up in New York City). Taking me up to the third floor of Strands, my Ana showed me their antique book section and at that moment I learned that old books, hundreds of years old, were for sale. With great excitement, I bought for $400, a 16th century book in Latin dated 1586-my first purchase.
ITEM ID: 4389
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DATE
Year: 1586
Decade: 1580s
Century: 16th (1501-1600)

This small 16th century printed book in Latin dated 1586 was written by Louis of Granada, one of the greatest preachers of his era.

ARTISTS
Name: Louis of Granada
Type: Author
Artists Dates: 1504-1588
Artist Information: The author Louis of Granada, born in 1504 in Granada in Spain and died 1588 in Lisbon, was a Dominican friar who was noted as theologian, writer and preacher. At the age of nineteen he was received into the Dominican Order in the Priory of the Holy Cross in Granada. When Louis had completed these studies, he embarked upon the career of a preacher, in which he continued with extraordinary success during forty years. The fame of his preaching spread beyond the boundaries of his native land, and at the request of the Cardinal-Infante, Dom Henrique of Portugal, son of King Manuel, he was transferred to Portugal, where he became Prior Provincial of the Portuguese Dominicans in 1557. Besides ascetical theology, his published works treat of Scripture, dogma, ethics, biography and church history. He is best known, however, for his ascetical writings. Most of them were translated into many languages. The best known of his ascetical writings, and the one that achieved the greatest measure of success, is The Sinner's Guide (La Guia de Pecadores), published in 1555.