TYPE: Book
COMPONENTS: 8vo. [4], 92 folios; Woodcut illustration in the second page.  Vellum binding, with intact leather straps.
CONDITION: Clean interior. Very good condition.
priceInfo: 6/18. I just bought an early book printed in Mexico in 1660, which you can see below.  My cost was $2,000.
ITEM ID: 3396
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Early Manual for Confessions in New Spain

DATE
Year: 1660
Decade: 1660s
Century: 17th (1601-1700)

Manual for the administration of the sacrament of confession, famous for its content about the sin of lust. Carta explained that lust was the most evil emotion because it occasioned such heinous mortal sins as fornication, adultery, incest, rape (estupro), abduction (rapto), sins against nature, and sacrilege. Carta defined fornication as any sexual act outside the sacrament of marriage. He differentiated rape from abduction- the former as forced intercourse, the latter a violation compounded by the victim´s abduction. Having sex with a priest or nun or having sex in sacred places were but two of the sacrileges Carta had in mind when cautioned against excessive desire. When Roman Catholic missionaries arrived in the Americas, they judged the sexual behavior of the indigenous peoples particularly sinful, heinous and clearly of demonic design. The clergy always admitted baldly that they had been able to repress these Indian behaviors only by resorting to force.  The nexus that existed in the indigenous world between sexual intercourse and the sacred was repugnant to Catholic clerics, which had vowed themselves to lives of chastity.  European descriptions of native sexual ideology and practice thus must be read with this bias in mind. Early Manual for confessions in the New Spain.