Sermo in commemoratione victoriae Bacensis. [Rome, Stephan Plannk, c.

CARVAJAL Bernardinus (1493)


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4to (208 x 132mm). [11]ff (lacks final blank). 28 lines, roman letter. 19th century marbled wrappers.                                                                       

Only edition of this sermon delivered in 1490 in praise of the famous Spanish victory over the Moors at Baza in Granada.

The capture by the forces of the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella after a long siege in 1489 was a decisive victory towards the end of the Reconquista which culminated in Castilian troops entering the Alhambra on 1 January 1492.

Cardinal Bernardino Lopez de Carvajal (1456-1523) was ambassador at the papal court for the Spanish crown and this sermon was part of an intensive propaganda campaign in Rome. It was delivered at a Mass of Thanksgiving in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo (4 January 1490) and six days later he gave a speech in the Santiago de los Españoles justifying the campaign against the Moors. The force of his arguments were felt in the Latin drama History Baetica (1493) by Carlo Verardi, and the heroic poem by Paolo Pompilio Panegyris of Triumpho Granatensi dedicated to him in 1490.

It is interesting that the BMC notes that Plannk only published this sermon in 1493, perhaps soon after he had printed Cardinal Carvajal’s Oratio ad Alexandrum VI nomine Ferdinandi et Isabellae which is notable for containing one of the earliest references to the New World. Plannk was also, of course, responsible for publishing Columbus’ Epistola earlier in that year.  

GW 6153. BMC VI, 98. Goff C229. Palau 46551.

Stock Code: 213776

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