Through the generosity of the Friends of the TCU Library, the library has acquired a late 18th century, illustrated manuscript of Spanish adages and proverbs, Manuscript Iluminado: Décimas y Sentencias Morales. The book contains 96 décimas, ten-line poems popular in Spanish-speaking countries, illustrating the adages followed by a sentencia, or moral judgment. Each page contains one décima and sentencia and is headed by a folk art ink and watercolor drawing illustrating the proverb. The volume showcases the tradition of the décima, folklore, and culture of poetry in Mexico. The décima was a very popular poetic form among the common people and contests were often held for the composing or singing of the décimas. The poetic form was used to drive home secular or religious truths but could also be used to poke fun at those in authority. In addition to the décimas the volume contains an index followed by an alphabetical list of popular adages complied by Josef Antonio Rosales y Yepes.
Many thanks to the Friends for their continued generous support of the Library.