Relacion de los sucessos, y progressos de la Mission de Santa Cruz de Paniqui, y Ytuy, medias entre las de Pangasinan, Cagayàn, y Pampanga: Año de 1745. Bernardo USTARIZ.
Relacion de los sucessos, y progressos de la Mission de Santa Cruz de Paniqui, y Ytuy, medias entre las de Pangasinan, Cagayàn, y Pampanga: Año de 1745
The Dominicans in Luzon
[Philippines].
Madrid? s.n., 1745.

Relacion de los sucessos, y progressos de la Mission de Santa Cruz de Paniqui, y Ytuy, medias entre las de Pangasinan, Cagayàn, y Pampanga: Año de 1745.

4to., 24 pp. Bound in marbled paper. Unidentified stamp in margin of first leaf; otherwise very good.

Exceedingly rare undated edition (see below) of this report on central Luzón by Ustariz, provincial of the Dominican Order in the Philippines, focusing especially on the Paniqui Indians. A summary of the contents is included in the Blair/Robertson anthology of the most important primary documents of Philippine history: “In Paniqui the missionaries have formed within six years seven native churches, with nearly a thousand converts; they are erecting substantial wooden buildings for religious purposes, and have opened new roads and repaired old ones in order to facilitate intercourse between the provinces. A neighboring tribe of head-hunters have harassed the Christian districts, but a government expedition is sent against them and checks their insolence; this success greatly increases that of the missions, to which hundreds of natives flock for instruction and baptism.” -- Philippine Islands, xlviii, p. 17.

The work describes the arrival of the Dominicans in Cagayan, Pangasinan and Pampanga in c. 1739. Ustariz shows an unusually realistic understanding of motives of those who sought conversion: “Many of the requests for baptism were caused by the desire to escape from tyrannical lords, or from creditors, or from the penalty due to their crimes; and not a few imagined that they could thus gain some more influential position among their people.” -- Blair/Robertson, p. 127. Other highlights include the description of a rain-making ceremony and of the savage Panoypuyes in Ituy, who practiced head-hunting and kept a neighboring tribe, the Ysinays, in subjection.

This report was deemed of sufficient importance to have been published twice the same year. Neither printing contains any indication of place of publication, but bibliographers have assigned Manila as the source for an edition comprised of 38 pp., and Spain (probably Madrid) for an edition of 24 pp., like the one at hand.

*Tavera 2751 (24 pp); Vindel, Manual gráfico-descriptivo del bibliófilo hispano-americano X.3.041; Palau xxiv.432 (erroneous collation, repeating that of Vindel); summary in Blair/Robertson, The Philippine Islands. vol. xlviii.123-36; for Manila imprint: Griffin, p.79; Medina, La Imprenta 146; Robertson, p. 126.

Price: $2,450.00

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