First Guidebook toMarian Shrines in Mexico
A Very Early Florida Author
Florencia, Francisco de. Zodiaco mariano en que el sol de justicia Christo con la salud en las alas vista como signos, y casas proprias para beneficio de los hombres los templos, y lugares dedicados à los cultos de su SS. Madre por medio de las mas celebres, y milagrosas imagenes de la misma Señora, que se veneran en esta America Septentrional, y reynos de la Nueva España. Mexico: En la Nueva Imprenta del Real, y Mas Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, 1755. 4to (20 cm; 8"). , 328 pp.
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Noted Jesuit author Francisco de Florencia (1619–95) has the distinction of being one of the earliest known Florida-born authors; his writings are numerous and his best focus on Mariology. The work at hand is the first published survey of shrines in Mexico relating to Mary and her Apparitions. The manuscript remained unpublished at Florencia's death and it fell to fellow Jesuit and Mariologist Juan Antonio de Oviedo to update, edit, and publish it for the first time in 1755.
Evidence of readership: Note in margin of p. 113, where discussion begins of the image of Nuestra Senora de las Angustias that is in the Hospital del Amor de Dios: “hoi se benera esta imagen en San Andres.”
Sabin 24819; Medina, Mexico, 4246; DeBacker-Sommervogel, III, 799; Grajales & Burrus, Bibliografia guadalupana, 169; Palau 92355. Contemporary limp vellum, lacking ties and pastedowns and front free endpapers (if there ever were any). Two small round areas in blank space of title-page with holes probably where a previous owner's name was; two pages (31, 153) each with two areas of blank space heavily inked over, again probably where a previous owner's name was, the iron gall ink having damaged those two leaves with small loss (perhaps 12 or 15 words total) on their versos. Some stray brown stains, possibly associated with ink or with wax. A good copy but for the noted small losses. Priced accordingly. (36621)
The Louisiana Purchase PLUS
United States. Dept. of State. Message from the President of the United States, transmitting the correspondence between the United States and the government of Spain, relative to the subjects of controversy between the two nations. Washington: William A. Davis, 1817. 8vo. 77 pp.
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Meaty document dealing with the Louisiana Purchase, U.S. relations with Spain, U.S. boundaries, and the cession ofFlorida to the U.S. that would occur in 1819. There is even discussion of the fate of the province ofTexas. [14th Cong., 2d sess. Senate. Doc.] 114.
Shaw & Shoemaker 42663. Removed from a nonce volume. Title-page with edges browned and with War Department stamp; pages with minor offsetting. (34943)
A Famous Actor onBOOK COLLECTING in FAMOUS Collecting Eras . .
Wilson, Francis. Autograph Letter Signed to “Paul.” Clearwater, FL: 9 March 1929. 8vo (27 cm; 10.5"), 2 pp.
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Wilson congratulates Paul on his “Galsworthy windfall.” He goes on to write, “Twenty five years ago I paid $25 for Walt Whitman’s 1st Leaves of Grass — & wrote on the flyleaf after visiting him in Camden, the estimate he gave me of Poe. It is in beautiful condition. You know what that copy in the Kern sale brought, don’t you? Mine, I think, is ‘a more valuable item.'” He is sending Paul a copy of his John Wilkes Booth book (i.e., John Wilkes Booth; fact and fiction of Lincoln's assassination, Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1929).
Wilson was a native of Philadelphia, a noted actor, and a part-time resident in Clearwater; he comments here from Florida that “California is too far away. Ugh!”
Provenance: Ex–Allyn K. Ford Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, recently deaccessioned.
Written in a clear hand. Very good. (33778)
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