Lot 167 of 435:
Interrogating Franciscan applicants 1737  

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Directorio para Informaciones de los Pretendientes de el Santo Habito de N. Seraphico P.S. Francisco, en que hallaran los padres Commisarios... y los Padres discretos todo lo que conduce, para calificarlas con acierto. Dispuesto de orden y mandato de N.M.R.P. Fr. Pedro Navarrete...

Castro, José de


Imprenta Real del Superior Govierno



[18], 58, [1] pp. A-K4 (with K4 serving as the rear pastedown). 14.8x10 cm (6x3¾"),  limp vellum of indeterminate age, leather ties.

Manual for interrogating the applicants to the order of San Francisco, i.e. Franciscans. It includes a full list of questions that the postulant had to answer during his examination, before being admitted in the order. The interrogation was aimed at finding if the applicant was a Catholic “pure blood” (not a descendant of Jewish or Muslim ancestors), if he was free of debts, if he was married and if he had any criminal records. The applicant also had to present several witnesses to verify his claims. This is apparently the first edition. OCLC/WorldCat lists only one copy, at the Biblioteca Nacional Mexico.

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A little cover wear, one leather tie with portion torn off; glue residue to front endpapers; very good or better.

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