Acquisitions Blotter: Latin American Jesuitica

Pictured here is title page from D. González Holguín's Gramática y arte nueva de la lengua general de todo el Perú llamada lengua Quichua o lengua del Inca.  Ask for this book in the Burns Library Reading Room; the call # is Burns Room 114 PM 6306 .G66 1607.

Pictured here is title page from D. González Holguín’s Gramática y arte nueva de la lengua general de todo el Perú llamada lengua Quichua o lengua del Inca. Ask for this book in the Burns Library Reading Room, PM6306 .G66 1607 Jesuitica .

Some fifty rare and early Jesuit works have been added to the Library’s Jesuitica Collection (1540-1773) in the past year, including a remarkable collection of 36 Latin American printed books and two unpublished manuscripts.  Of special interest are several extremely rare seventeenth century grammars and dictionaries of Indian languages, including D. González Holguín’s Gramática y arte nueva de la lengua general de todo el Perú llamada lengua Quichua o lengua del Inca. Añadida y cumplida en todo lo que le faltaba en tiempos y de la Gramática… Ciudad de los Reyes, Perú. Francisco del Canto, impresor. 1608; {with} Vocabulario de la lengua general de todo el Perú llamada lengua Quechua. Impresso en la Ciudad de los Reyes, por Francisco del Canto, 1608; a Spanish – Quechua dictionary by F. del Canto, Arte, y vocabulario en la lengua general del Perú, llamada Quichua, y en la lengua española. Los Reyes [i.e., Lima]. Por Francisco del Canto. 1614; and A. Ruiz de Montoya’s extremely rare Tesoro de la lengua guaraní. Compuesto por… de la Compañía de Iesus. Dedicado a la Soberana Virgen María. Madrid. Juan Sánchez. 1630. Perhaps the most important of the language works in this collection is a complete copy in its original Jesuit binding of L. Bertonio’s Libro de la vida y milagros de Nuestro Señor Iesu Christo en dos Lenguas, Aymará, y Romance, traducido de el que recopiló Alonso de Villegas,  y acomodado a la capacidad de los Indios.  Impresso en la Casa de la Compañía de Jesús de Julí Pueblo en la Provincia de Chucuyto por Francisco del Canto, 1612. This is one of the only four books printed by the first independent Jesuit printing house in South America in Julí, Peru.  It is the translation to the Aymara Indian language of the Vita Christi.

Here you see the title page for L. Bertonio's Libro de la vida y milagros de Nuestro Señor Iesu Christo en dos Lenguas, Aymará, y Romance, traducido de el que recopiló Alonso de Villegas, y acomodado a la capacidad de los Indios. Ask for this book in the Burns Library Reading Room; the call # is Burns Room 114 BX 4654 .V55 1612.

Here you see the title page for L. Bertonio’s Libro de la vida y milagros de Nuestro Señor Iesu Christo en dos Lenguas, Aymará, y Romance, traducido de el que recopiló Alonso de Villegas, y acomodado a la capacidad de los Indios. Ask for this book in the Burns Library Reading Room, BX4654 .V55 1612 Jesuitica.

Also of great interest are a number of books and manuscripts relating to the expulsion of the Jesuits from Spanish domains.  These include an unpublished unique manuscript and various printed royal decrees, including the first edition of the decree in which King Carlos III of Spain orders the expulsion of the Jesuits (1767) and another ordering the closing of all Jesuit schools.  The addition of these important and rare Latin American works strengthens not only the Burns Library’s Jesuitica Collection but also its Latin American holdings.

  • Robert K. O’Neill, Ph.D., Burns Librarian

About John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boston College

The University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance. Burns Library staff work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at Boston College, offering access to unique primary sources through instruction sessions, exhibits, and programming. The Burns Library also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections. The Burns Library is home to more than 200,000 volumes and over 700 manuscript collections, including holdings of music, photographic materials, art and artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitica; Fine printing; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925-1975; Boston history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional archives.
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