MATERIAL: Paper
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 20 cm.
COMPONENTS: 14 preliminary leaves, 587 pages. Luxurious full leather binding, spine and edges of the boards decorated with golden devices, front cover with some damage; holes in the edges of both covers, probably from missing clasps. Golden decorated text block. Professionally repaired worm tracks in the upper section from title page to 49p., fading until gone; worm holes in the lower right corner 501-587 pages, some professionally repaired, not affecting text. Some ornamental woodcuts.  
CONDITION: Text mostly clean. Good condition.
NOTES: Very rare book, only 1 institutional holding record: Dibam Biblioteca Nacional de Chile.
Foreign Language Inscription: Manual de parrocos para administrar los santos sacramentos en el arzobispado de Guatemala ajustado enteramente al ritual romano de nuestro santissimo padre Paulo V: ilustrado con notas muy importantes del ceremonial de obispos decisiones de los soberanos pontifices, y de decretos de las sagradas congregaciones de ritos, de obispos, y regulares, del concilio, de las indulgencias, y reliquias; asimismo de los concilios provinciales de Mexico, y Milan…
REFERENCE EXTERNAL LINKS: Historia de la Imprenta en Guatemala

ITEM ID: 3578

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Guatemalan Colonial Book

DATE
Year: 1788
Decade: 1780s
Century: 18th (1701-1800)

Cayetano Francos and Monroy (Villavicencio de los Caballeros, Spain, August 7, 1736 – New Guatemala of the Assumption, July 17, 1792) was a Spanish monk who became the eighth Archbishop of Guatemala from 1779 to 1792. Guatemala was the 4th city of the New World to have book print workshop of their own. Victor Miguel Diaz in his “History of printing in Guatemala, from colonial times to the present day”, states that Enriquez de Rivera, ninth bishop of Guatemala, a bibliophile and writer, hoped to print some of his works and had the idea to bring to the country a printing press, so he asked for help, in 1659 to  the royal and ecclesiastical authorities for the project. Along with the equipment came José de Pineda Ibarra. In his workshop the first book was printed in 1660, a small “Sermón” written by Francisco Quiñones y Escovedo. The Guatemalan presses continued for many years the traditional printing system, since typographical materials, including paper and ink, were scarce, costly difficult to import from Spain. The institutions of the country didn´t provide much stimulus to the local printers either; the books where brought from Spain or Mexico, because the cost was considerably lower than printing it in Guatemala. Thus, the bibliographic production as states Victor Miguel Diaz “was very scarce, and most of the early books remain missing”. Díaz registers only 14 printing workshops from the establishment of the first one to 1826. He mentions the prints of Joaquín de Arévalo, Ignacio Beteta  and Antonio Sánchez Cubillas, as the foremost printers. Ignacio Beteta ( active 1785-1827), is described as an imaginative and of entrepreneur character printer.  “Manual de Parrocos” was the first book he printed after he acquired the press of Sánchez Cubillas, and he even edited the book by his own means.  He managed to establish a lucrative and modern press in Guatemala, one of the biggest there during the colonial era. He embraced the Independence  by renaming his press “Imprenta de la Libertad”

ARTISTS
Name: Cayetano Francos y Monroy
Type: Printer
Name: Ignacio Beteta
Type: Printer