Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Latin American mss. Paraguay, 1640-1862, consist principally of materials related to the Indians and the Catholic missions of Paraguay. Other manuscripts deal with military privileges, ecclesiastical patronage and finances, and the proposal for founding a university in Asuncion.

Bound volumes in the collection include Jose Sanchez Labrador's Paraguay Catholico en sus Principales Provincias reducidas a la Santa Fe and Paraguay Catholico: Harmonioso Entable de las missiones de los Indios Guaranis, written in 1772, which contain maps and vary from his printed work El Paraguay catolico, Buenos Aires, Imprenta de Coni Hermanos, 1910 (BV2853 .P2S211); Missiones vivas de la Compana de Jesus del Paraguay written by Ignacio Joseph Gonzalez in the eighteenth century; Silex de el el Divino amor y Rapto activo de el animo, en la Memoria, Ententimiento y voluntad, a theological work written in 1640 by the Jesuit missionary Antonio Ruiz de Montoya; and a book of devotions, Specvlvm Sine Macvla dated about 1750.

The Specvlvm Sine Macvla was possibly hand copied by a Guarani Indian for a Jesuit missionary. This manuscript was given by Saturnino Segurola y Lezica to Sir Woodbine Parish in 1824. In 1862 Parish sent it to Henry Hucks Gibbs, baron Aldenham. The manuscript also has the bookplate of Oscar E. Carbone of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The correspondents are Carlos III, king of Spain; Jose de Armendariz, marques de Castelfuerte; Tomas Donvidas; Francisco Antonio Escudero de Rozas; Fernando VI, king of Spain; Jose Gaspar Rodriguez Francia; Antonio Olaguer y Feliu Heredia Lopez y Donec; Sir Woodbine Parish; Alonso Portillo; Juan Jose Priego; and Jaime Sanjust.

An inventory is available

Collection size: 19 items

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