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The Holy Life of Gregory Lopez, a Spanish Hermite in the West Indies
No publisher given], [No place listed: 1675 - Small 8vo, pp [56], 232. The first English, according to Palau (142535 note), was printed in Paris in 1638: he mentions this (anonymous) translation as well, but his collation is so far off that it is unlikely he had seen a copy. Perhaps the translator of this was an English Jesuit; the lack of any notice about the printer and place of publication is easily explained by the anti-Catholic environment in England at the time, and like the first edition it may have been printed abroad. The author was a hermit and companion of Gregorio Lopez "for many years", as he says in the preface. Lopez himself was of Spanish birth, came to Mexico as a young man, and lived the hermit's life for many years. His birth and family connections are unknown, but he was well-educated and had a knowledge of medicine; it was even rumored that he was the illegitimate son of the king of Spain. His knowledge of medicine he put to good use among the Indian villages surrounding his various hermitages, such that the natives whom he served came to look upon him as a great curandero -- some even as a brujo, which at one point in his life forced him to move into conventual life with the local Dominicans. He authored two widely used medical manuals, designed especially for use in the New World, the medicines being drawn from native plant resources. His sanctity was recognized by the Vatican, which confirmed him as "blessed". The French translation of Losa's biography was done by the great Port-Royalist Arnauld d'Andilly. Lacking front free end paper and trimmed but with no loss of text. Later very nice binding, half calf, raised bands, marbled boards, new endpapers. Very good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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