12 June 2009
VALENCIA 1659 -- ORTI, Marco Antonio. Solenidad festiva, con que en la insigne, leal noblé y coronada ciudad de Valencia celebrò la feliz nueva la Cononizacio de su milagroso Arçobispo Santo Tomas de Villanueva. - VILLANOVA, Tomas. Sermoni de... en las fiestas de la Buena Nueva de su Canonizacion que se celebraron en la Santa Iglesia Metropolitana de la Ciudad de Valencia. Valencia: Geronimo Vilagrasa, 1659.
Two parts in one, 4o (191 X 138 mm). Engraved title (tissue repair at lower left corner), 12 full-page engravings (of which 2 included in the collation) and 13 half-page engravings, some by JUAN FELIPE. (A few marginal repairs.) Modern blue morocco (some discoloration).
The celebration in Valencia of the canonization of ST. THOMAS of Villanova (1488-1555, canonized 1658) best known for his works in charity ("Charity is not just giving, rather removing the need of those who receive charity and liberating them from it when possible") and for sending the first Augustinian friars to Mexico. He was nominated as archbishop of Valencia in 1544 but refused the position until ordered to assume it. Aided by his assistant bishop, Juan Segrià, he put in order a diocese that for a century had not had direct pastoral government. He organized a special college for Moorish converts, and in particular an effective plan for social assistance, welfare, and charity. His sermons, found in the second part of this volume are highly praised. His "Sermon on the Love of God" is considered one of the greatest of the 16th century. The plates depict the many decorations and floats constructed for Valencia's festivities. Palau 205381.
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