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Paraphrasis de los Psalmos de David: reduzidos al phrasis, y modos de hablar de la lengua Española, en el sentido que los dixo el Propheta segun que los entienden los Sanctos. Dedication to D. Felipe III and prologue by Fray Luis Gonçalez, O.P.
Lisbon, En la officina de Pedro Crasbeeck, 1616. - Large oval woodcut of Christ on title page. Numerous woodcut initials. Several woodcut tailpieces and typographical dividers. Typographical headpiece. (6), 304, (5) ll. Leaf E1 signed "B" in error. Leaves 87, 115, 144, 163, 200, 254-255, and 258 misprinted as 78, 119, 134, 164, 100, 253-254, and 250, respectively. Folio (27.4 x 19.6 cm.), contemporary sheep (rubbing, scraping, and other wear, especially to upper outer corner of front cover), spine gilt with raised bands in six compartments, black leather lettering piece (somewhat defective), gilt letter. Small repair to title page. Occasional light dampstains. Minor worming in lower outer margins of leaves 126-59, never affecting text. Light toning. Overall in good to very good condition. Six-line contemporary ink inscription, and another of four lines, dated 1722, on recto of front free endleaf. Old ink notation at top of front pastedown endleaf. Early (contemporary?) ink marginalia. Bookplate of Alfonso Cassuto. His small, discrete armorial blindstamp in blank portion of title page. ---- FIRST and ONLY EDITION thus of a work written for the benefit of seventeenth-century Spanish nuns. Cáceres y Sotomayor was inspired to write this work by a nun who heard him preach on a psalm, and admitted that she was very jealous of monks, who had enough education to understand the words of the psalms that were sung throughout services every day: "que uno de los mayores desconsuelos que sentia su spiritu en el continuo exercicio del coro, era dezir, y cantar siempre lo mesmo sin entendello mas un dia que otro, y que tenia grande invidia a los Religiosos, pareciendole que de necessidad avian de medrar mucho en la devocion y en el spiritu: pues entienden lo que cantan" ( 6r). In Spain at this period it was strictly forbidden to translate the Bible: "lo qual està con mil razones prohibido, y dello avemos de huyr con todo cuydado" ( 6v). Cáceres y Sotomayor wrote this work specifically for such nuns, giving the Latin text followed by a lengthy paraphrase and explication, line by line and sometimes word by word. The taxation statement on the verso of the title page, the licenses on the recto of the following leaf, and the king's Alvará on the verso granting Fray Luís Gonçalves (i.e., Gonzalez?) a ten-year privilege for this book, are all in Portuguese. The colophon, dated 2 January 1616, is in Spanish. Fr. Antonio de Cáceres y Sotomayor was a native of Cáceres, in Estremadura, Spain. He entered the Dominican Order and became Archbishop of Astorga, a member of the King's council, and confessor to King Felipe III. He died in 1615, and the book was brought to press by the Dominican Fr. Luis Gonzalez (or Gonçalves?), who edited it and provided some preliminary matter, including a dedication to the king, which Cáceres y Sotomayor had planned, and a preface to the reader, explaining in more detail how he came to publish the work.Curiously, Felipe III of Spain, who ruled in Portugal as Filipe II, is referred to on the title page and elsewhere in this book printed in Lisbon as Felipe III.---- Arouca S483. Garcia Peres p. 85 (without collation; incorrectly referring to Cáceres y Sotomayor as "religioso Português"). Palau 39043 (calling for only 5 preliminary leaves). Nicolau Antonio @Nova, I, 108. Simón Diaz, @Bibliografia de la literatura hispanica, VII, 353. Sousa Viterbo @A literatura Hespanola em Portugal, pp. 37-8. Goldsmith B202. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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