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(MEXICO--1802.) Vida de San Felipe de Jesus Protomartir del Japon, y Patron de su Patria Mexico and Breve resumen de la vida y martyrio del inclyto mexicano y proto-martyr del Japon, el beato Felipe de Jesus. 31 plates including engraved title page in the first volume; portrait plate and another copy of the engraved title plus 71 text pages in the second volume. 4to, contemporary tree calf, minor wear, similar but unmatched; minor staining in the illustrated volume, a lone wormhole in the text volume; each with small inked "MM" stamps. México: Oficina Madrileña, 1801, 1802
first edition. A lavishly illustrated life of San Felipe de Jesús (1572-1597), who was martyred in Japan and became the first Mexican-born saint, as well as the patron saint of Mexico City. The first volume consists entirely of engraved scenes from Felipe's life, one of the earliest entirely illustrated books issued in México. Some or all of the plates are by the important Mexican illustrator José María Montes de Oca. The second volume includes the related text by an anonymous author. Medina, México 9461 (the Vida not listed); Palau 35446, 363045; Sabin 76029 (the Breve Resumen not listed).