14 June 2006
[CATO, Marcus Porcius, 2nd century B.C., attributed.] Castigos y exenplos que el sabio Caton censorino romano dio a su hijo que mucho amava. Lima, Peru: Acosta de Julian Santos de Saldaña y se vende en su casa. Impresa en Lima por Joseph de Contreras año de 1647.
16o (155 x 119mm.). 32pp. Large woodcut of a well-dressed scholar with eyeglasses examining an open book, roman letter. (A few very slight marginal tears, slight soiling to title, small repair to corner of A6). Recent vellum (cockled).
A PREVIOUSLY UNRECORDED PERUVIAN EDITION OF THIS POPULAR MEDIEVAL MORALISTIC SCHOOLBOOK. The Spanish hexameter verses, now generally ascribed to an anonymous late 13th-century author, were widely attributed to Cato the Censor and were among the most widely used textbooks for students during the middle ages. The 144 gnomic moralizing verses proved ideal for memorization and recitation by children. At the end are added a 10-line "Pregunta" and 19-line "Respuesta." Numerous editions, from Zaragoza 1494 testify to the work's long popularity. The present Lima edition, its title embellished with a striking woodcut, is unrecorded. Not in Medina, Rene-Moreno, Palau (citing no Latin American editions).
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