TYPE: Book
DIMENSIONS: 19 cm. [16]
COMPONENTS: 134p., [2]. Full-leather binding; decorated with Golden devices in boards and spine; full-page engraving
CONDITION: Very good condition. 
NOTES: Notable Colonial fine binding of great quality. 
Foreign Language Inscription: Exaltación de la divina misericordia, en la milagrosa renovación de la soberana imagen de Christo Sr. Nro. crucificado, que se venera en la iglesia del Convento de sr. s. Joseph de religiosas carmelitas descalzas de la antigua fundación de esta ciudad de México.
ITEM ID: 3401
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Story of the Image of Christ Crucified

DATE
Year: 1776
Decade: 1770s
Century: 18th (1701-1800)

Tells the story of the image of Christ Crucified, known as “El Cristo de Santa Teresa La Antigua,” to whom are attributed many miracles. Dating from around 1545 to the city of Ixmiquilpan, The Christ Crucified had been transferred in the 17th century to the Convent of San José of the Discalced Carmelites Women in Mexico City. It is especially notable the description of how the image of Christ was before it restored itself miraculously, while previously being in a deplorable state:”estaba de arriba á bajo  muy negra, y desfigurada del todo, de calidad, que tenía perdida toda su primera forma, y parecía un trozo quemado muy prieto, como Negro de Guinea, muy atezado, y se le havía comido toda la cabeza de polilla, faltandole la boca, narices, y ojos, de suerte, que solo le había quedado la barba, en cuyo hueco por arriba anidaban los ratones; y con lo muy negro y prieto, que estaba todo el cuerpo, nise le veía señal alguna de sangre en todo el, de suerte que mas probocaba a desprecio que a devoción.”. (It was (the image) very black all distorted, of quality, which had lost all its original form, and seemed like a burnt piece like a black man from Guinea, very swarthy, and he is had been eaten by moth, lacking the mouth, nose, and eyes, so that only his beard remained, in which hole there was a mice nest; and as it was it provoked more disgust than devotion) Alfonso Alberto de Velasco. Imprenta del lic. d. J. de Jáuregui, with a full-page engraving: “La Hermosisima Imagen de N. S. Crucificado Milagrosamente renovado que se venera el Convento Antiguo de Señoras Carmelitas Descalzas de México”.