ASCARGORTA, Juan de. ~ Manual de confessores, ad mentem Scoti, por el R.P. Fr. Juan de Ascargorta, de el Orden de N.S.P.S. Francisco, lector jubilado, custodio, y examinador synodal. Van anadidas las direcciones, practicas para los nuevos confessores, y al fin las definiciones. Seville: for Antonio Espinosa de los Monteros, [ 1743].
Small 8vo (146 × 92 mm.), pp. [viii], 344, gatherings V (pp. 305-320) and X (pp. 321-335) transposed, but complete. Title within typographical border. Light waterstain affecting upper portions of pages to p. 80, otherwise very clean and crisp. Contemporary limp vellum, spine lettered in large early manuscript (now indistinct), endpapers formed of leaves of contemporary printer’s waste, now lifted, ties partially intact. An attractive copy.
A confessor’s manual arranged according to the Scotist system favoured by the Franciscans: a system named after the thirteenth-century Oxford theologian John Duns Scotus. It was first printed in 1713; all editions are rare. Palau 18233. Though widely printed and used OCLC records very few copies of any edition outside Spain. In the US we can locate a copy of the 1757 edition (University of New Mexico) and of the 1724 edition (Saint Bonaventure University NY) only.