MATERIAL: Paper
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 21.5 cm; 8.5"
COMPONENTS: 4to. [1], 129, [1] ff. Vellum over paste boards
CONDITION: text block mostly loose in binding. Worming in upper margins, variously poking as small round holes or meandering as “tracks” into text; on perhaps 20 leaves this is striking, but it does not much affect reading. The paper is good and the hand is easy.
NOTES: This is New World 18th-century scholarship-on-the-ground, and as such, a remarkable survival and true treasure.
ITEM ID: 646
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Guatemalan Latin Manuscript on Theology

DATE
Year: 1740
Decade: 1740s
Century: 18th (1701-1800)
Notes: ca. 1740?

Guatemalan Prepublication Manuscript by Juan Antonio Oviedo “Succus theologiae moralis. In brevissima methodo expedite confessionis expressus.”Fray Oviedo (1670–1757) was a Bogotá-born Jesuit who served as professor of philosophy in Mexico City and theology in Guatamala City, was a procurator for the Jesuit Society of Jesus in Madrid and Rome, acted as visitor of the Society in the Philippines and its rector in Mexico City, and twice served as provincial superior in Mexico. In 1760 Francisco Javier Lazcano published his biography (Vida exemplar y virtudes heroicas del venerable padre Juan Antonio de Oviedo de la Compañia de Jesus).

In this work, actually lecture notes from when he taught in Guatemala, Oviedo studies confession and sin and their complexities. A version of present manuscript was printed in Mexico in 1754 at the press of the widow of José de Hogal, but a comparison with the printed text shows that transmission of the text from 1740 to 1754 involved some rewriting.

ARTISTS
Name: Juan Antinio Oviedo
Type: Author