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FONSECA, Christoval de

Primera Parte de la Vida de Christo, Señor Nuestro . . .  Van emendados en esta impression algunos descuydos de la primera, Y añadidas cosas de mucha importancia.


Lisbon, por Antonio Alvares, A costa de Domingos Martinez, 1600.


8vo.  (4), 341, (13) ff. (with errors in pagination).  Title p. in red & black.  With vignette of head of Christ on title p. & engraving of the Mater Dolorosa on f. Vv8, head-pieces on ff. (2), ff. 1 & 341 (verso) and tail-pieces on ff. (2), (4) & last f. (verso), engraved initial C on f. 341 (verso).  Vellum (recased).   Occasional marginal annotations in a near contemporary hand, some underlining, a few headlines shaved, faint water stains in outer margin of ff. 191-246, a few letters of printed surface of f. 325 recto damaged, otherwise a good copy.  

And:- Segunda Parte de la Vida de Christo, Señor Nuestro, que trata de sus milagros.   Royal 8vo.  (8), 446, (21) ff. (with errors in pagination).  With vignette of head of Christ on title p., vignette on f. (3) verso, tailpieces on f. (8) recto & last f. (recto).   Recent vellum, with ties.   Lisbon, Antonio Alvarez y Jorge Rodriguez, 1602.   Ff. 160 & 161 in duplicate, top right hand corner of title page and ff. (2)-(8), 1-7 repaired, marginal worming repaired in preliminary ff., ff. 358-376, ff. 441-446 & last (21) ff. , staining on ff. 111-113 & in lower right corner of last (21) ff., slight staining in lower right corner of ff. 352-360, tear repaired in lower right corner of f. 270, slit in f. 310 owing to paper fault.

The publication of the literary works of Cristóbal de Fonseca, an Augustinian writer and preacher and prior of the monastery of Segovia, brought him immediate success.   The Primera Parte de la Vida de Christo, which was first published in 1596,  appeared in no less than six editions up to 1601.   "Fonseca's Life of Christ Our Lord . . had . . considerable popularity . .   (He) will take his place in any history of Spanish mysticism . ." (E. Allison Peers, Studies of the Spanish Mystics, II, p. 264-6).   "El sentido de la hermosura del alma a la manera de Abravanel predomina en Cristóbal de Fonseca . . Él aboga por la elegancia, por la tradición de los Padres de la Iglesia que escribieron con 'gala' . .  (Valbuena Prat, Historia de la literatura española, I, p. 614).   

(Cf. King Manuel 272 & Anselmo 51, another issue.)  Palau 93175 & 93178. 


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