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- This book is the only known copy of the second-oldest imprint from the Jesuit Province of Paraguay. It was produced at the mission of Nuestra Señora de Loreto, established in 1610 as the first reduccione (reduction or township) in the province, and known for its printing press, which turned out works in Spanish, Latin, and Indian languages. The book contains a set of religious instructions, written by Father Antonio Garriga (1662-1733). Originally from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Garriga first came to South America in 1696. He is best known as a linguist and a missionary to the Moxo Indians; he also served several times as Superior of the Jesuit Province of Peru. The site of the mission at Nuestra Señora de Loreto is in present-day Misiones province, Argentina, and was inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984, along with three other missions in Argentina (San Ignacio Mini, Nuestra Señora de Santa Ana, Santa María la Mayor) and one in Brazil (São Miguel das Missões). Two other missions in the Province of Paraguay, in present-day Paraguay, were named UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1993.
Title in Original Language
Instruccion practica para ordenar santamente la vidà; que ofrece el P. Antonio Garriga de la Compania de Iesus. Como brebe memorial, y recuerdo à los que hazen los exercicios espirituales de S. Ignacio de Loyola fundador de la misma Compañia
Type of Item
- 120 pages; 14 centimeters