Nov 06, 2014 - Sale 2364

Sale 2364 - Lot 278

Price Realized: $ 42,500
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Estimate: $ 40,000 - $ 60,000
(MEXICO--1566.) Ledesma, Bartholomé de. De septem novae legis sacramentis summarium. [4], 404, [16] pages. 4to, contemporary vellum, worn, sticker remnant on backstrip, recased; several small holes on title page with crude repairs on verso, other repairs to the first few and last few leaves, edges tinted purple with slight bleed into margins, intermittent dampstaining, extensive early annotations throughout, inserted manuscript leaves preceding the title page and leaf 173; several early inscriptions on title page, inked library stamps on title and leaf 269, bookplate remnant on front pastedown. México: Antonio de Espinosa, 1566

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first edition. Ledesma was an influential figure as the right-hand man to Archbishop Montúfar and chair of theology at the University of Mexico. During this period he was actively investigating México's booksellers and private libraries, consigning many volumes to the bonfire and threatening the bookseller Alonso de Castilla with imprisonment for stocking forbidden titles (see Lundberg, Unification and Conflict, pages 101-5). He later became Bishop of Oaxaca. This treatise explains seven sacraments for use in the Mexican church. It was later reprinted in Salamanca in 1585.
This book was produced by Antonio de Espinosa, who was just the second printer in the New World and "the man who brought printing in Mexico to maturity" (Woodbridge, page 13). Decorative features in this volume include an engraved title page, a colophon preceding the index, and consanguinity diagrams on leaves 352, 362, and 373, one of them showing descent from Adam and Eve. García Icazbalceta 1886, 47; Medina, México 50; Palau 134124; Sabin 39677.