Sep 24, 2020 - Sale 2546

Sale 2546 - Lot 281

Price Realized: $ 2,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(MEXICAN IMPRINT--1653.) Gabino Carta. Guia de confessores, practica de administrar los sacramentos, en especial el de la penitencia. Woodcut of Mary on second leaf. [6], [88] leaves (erratically numbered with final leaf numbered 110, but complete). Small 8vo, contemporary vellum, moderate wear, tag on backstrip; lacking free endpapers, title page defective, minor foxing, minimal dampstaining; marca de fuego of Convento de san Cosme of Mexico City (BF-12038) applied ill-advisedly to the title page, bookplate of José Castillo y Piña on front pastedown. Mexico: viuda de Bernardo Calderon, 1653

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First Mexican edition of an important Jesuit guide for confessors in New Spain. "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"--Ramón A. Gutiérrez, "A History of Latina/o Sexualities," pages 22-23. 2 other examples of this first Mexican edition traced at auction, and 3 in OCLC. Medina, Mexico 775; Palau 46261.