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La vida del Beato Lvys Gonzaga de la Compañia de Iesvs. Hijo primogenito de Don Fernando Gonzaga, Principe del Imperio, Marques de Castellon, &c. Escrita en Italiano ?. Agora añadida de nuevo por el mesmo autor, y traduzida de Italiano en lengua Española, por el P. Iuan de Acosta de la mesma Comapañia.
Pamplona, por Carlos de Labàyen, Impressor del Reyno de Navarra, 1623. - 4°, contemporary vellum (upper cover with defect [slash] of about 7 cm.), fore-edge cover extensions, vertical manuscript title on spine, with horizontal two-line manuscript shelf mark at head. Large woodcut Jesuit insignia on title-page. Woodcut initials and vignettes. Tear of 5 cm. at outer blank margin of title-page and following leaf, affecting some letters but not legibility on verso of title-page and on both recto and verso of following leaf; fraying to outer margin of title-page. Some minor soiling and browning. Small round wormhole affecting a few letters in first 20 leaves. Overall in good to very good condition. (10), 126 ll. *** First edition in Spanish? The second leaf recto contains a Tassa dated Pamplona, 5 January 1623, with the printed signature of Miguel Daria Dezcaroz, on behalf of the Consejo of the Kingdom of Navarra. The third leaf of this edition contains a dedication to Pope Paul V by the brother of the subject of this biography, D. Francisco Gonzaga, Prince of the Holy Roman Empire and Marques de Castellon. The ninth preliminary leaf consists of a message by the translator "A los hermanos estudiantes de la Compania de Jesus de la Provincia de Castilla" dated Rome, October 26, 1621. In it he mentions that there were six Italian editions, as well as editions in Germany, France, Poland and Portugal, all printed in the national vernaculars. The edition in Portuguese, translated by P. Jeronimo Alvarez, was published in Lisbon by Pedro Craesbeeck, 1610 (see Innocêncio III, 257; X, 127).Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591) was born of noble parents and raised among the Medici, at the court of Mantua, and in the Spanish court. In 1585 he renounced his inheritance and became a Jesuit. During his fourth year of studying theology, he tirelessly helped the stricken during a famine and pestilence in Italy, but caught the disease himself and died at the age of 23. He was beatified in 1621 (probably the occasion for this biography) and canonized in 1726.The name of the translator, P. Juan de Acosta, seems to be a pseudonym for P. Juan de Lugo.*** Palau 51542n. (possibly had never seen a copy: transcribing "San" instead of "Beato" in title; giving only 5 preliminary leaves); cf 51542-8 for Spanish editions of Seville 1622 (but without name of printer, collation, or any copy cited), Valencia 1751, Pamplona 1753, an undated eighteenth-century Barcelona edition, Barcelona 1830, 1857, 1858, 1863 and finally, with notes by P. Cecilio Gómez Rodeles, an 1891 edition. N. Antonio I, 627. Backer-Sommervogel (under Acosta) I, 32 (listing only this, with the correct transcription of the title-page and the correct collation, one eighteenth-century and four nineteenth-century editions); see also II, 927 (under Cepâri) for some of the Italian editions (those of Rome 1606, Milan 1607, Vicenza 1612 and Piacenza 1630, as well as several eighteenth- and nineteenth-century editions). Simón Díaz, @Bibliografía de la literatura hispánica, IV, 423, 1862 (giving correct transcription of the title-page, but calling for 10 unnumbered leaves followed by only 120 pp.); implies that this is the first Spanish edition. BL @Seventeenth Century Italian p. 216 lists editions in Italian of Rome 1606, Milan 1607 and Vicenza 1615. Uriarte, @Anónimos, III, nº 4163. No edition in HSA. Not in Goldsmith. No edition in Salvá or Heredia. No edition in Gallardo. No edition in the @Ticknor Catalogue. The collation and transcription of the title given by the online Catálogo Colectivo del Patrimonio Bibliografico Español agree with our copy; five locations are given: Huesca, Biblioteca Pública del Estado; Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional; Madrid, Biblioteca Universitaria Complutense; Pamplona, Biblioteca General de Navarra; and Azpeitia, Santuario de Loyola. This source also lists in Spanish an undated quarto edition of Seville (Tasa, perhaps copied from our edition, dated Pamplona 5 January 1623); an undated octavo edition of Barcelona (Tasa dated 1623); and a single copy at t [Attributes: First Edition]
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