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La Vida, que Hizo el Siervo de Dios Gregorio Lopez, en algunos Lugares de esta Nueva Espana
1615 - Early missionary work in New Spain. 1615. Lisbon. Pedro Crasbeeck. In 8vo (135 mm x 90 mm). 1 [blank] + 8 ff. 107 + 1 ff., missing two leaves at the beginning, text complete. Old vellum, soiled. Damp stained, some fraying to first and last leaves, early inscriptions on endpapers. Second edition –published two years after the first, printed in 1613 in Mexico. This is the first obtainable edition, the first being virtually impossible to find. Lopez (1542 – 1596) was a Spanish missionary and something of a mystery; he travelled to Mexico in 1562, making port at Veracruz at the age of twenty. Shortly after arriving, he left for Mexico City, where he worked for a while before completing his plans to travel to the Zacatecas region and live amongst the Chichimecos Indians. He became a hermit and spent his life amongst Mexican natives in different regions, under suspicion of heresy, apparently not attending Masses and religious services. Overall, Lopez’ experiences become one of the earliest accounts of missionary work in New Spain. Little is known, and much is speculated regarding his early life in Spain, some saying he was a member of the nobility, “one of the most successful of the many early missionaries among the Indians, of New Spain, was born at Madrid, July 4th 1542, and is said to have been an illegitimate son of Charles V. or Philip II. At the age of twenty he landed at Vera Cruz, and soon after pitched his tent alone among the Chichimecos Indians. He died on the 20th of July, 1596, at Santa Fé, six miles from Mexico city, where he had been visited in his hermitage by all distinguished visitors to Mexico.” (Maggs, 1922, 139). Losa’s account of Lopez’ life arose considerable interest, with the work being reprinted several times in the 17th and 18th century centuries; all editions are scarce, this one particularly so, not in any public institution in Spain, neither the John Carter Brown, Palau deeming it of very rare. Medina, BHA 624. Palau, 142524 ("muy rara"). Sabin, 42575 (first edition), not mentioning this edition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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