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The library has acquired a copy of Francisco de Florencia’s Zodiaco mariano en que el sol de justicia Christo con la salud en las alas vista como signos, y casas proprias para beneficio de los hombres los templos, y lugares dedicados à los cultos de su SS. Madre por medio de las mas celebres, y milagrosas imagenes de la misma Señora, que se veneran en esta America Septentrional, y reynos de la Nueva España (Mexico: En la Nueva Imprenta del Real, y Mas Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, 1755). The work by the noted Jesuit author and Mariologist is the first published survey of shrines in Mexico relating to Mary and her Apparitions.
A small selection of letters from the Love Family Letters collection is now on display in the Special Collections reading room. The letters from the Civil War era, document the war from both the battlefield and the home front. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with the publication of the TCU Press book, Yours in Filial Regard: The Civil War Letters of a Texas Family, edited by Kassia Waggoner and Adam Nemmers, two TCU graduate students. The book transcribes and edits all 79 letters in the Love Family collection. The letters remain on display through 15 April 2016.
Special Collections has acquired the manuscript diary of Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn which she kept while her husband, Henry Dearborn, served as United States minister plenipotentiary to Portugal. The diary covers the period 9 July 1823 to 7 July 1824 in over 400 pages.
Entries range in length from one or two sentences to two full pages and more. Almost every entry describes in detail the Dearborns’ dinner companions, noting the positions of the men, and the social attributes of the women. She always notes the arrival and departure of dignitaries. The diarist comments on local customs, houses, the living arrangements of both the foreign officials and of the locals as well as street crime and other details of life in Lisbon. She was a close observer of the domestic situations of her companions: their children, personalities, education, and general accomplishments.
In all, a journal offering insight into the public as well as the domestic life of an American diplomat’s family in western Europe in the early 19th century. The journal is completely unknown, having descended in the Dearborn family until the present time.
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.