The Oldest Surviving Book Printed in the Americas
Beginning tomorrow, September 1, Doctrina breve will be on exhibit at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia in an exhibit titled "Catholics in the New World: A Selection of 16th-18th Century Texts." Featured alongside will be the oldest book published in South America, Doctrina Christiana, printed in Lima in 1584; an eighteenth-century Mexican book containing 2,624 anagrams of the angel's greeting to Mary; and prayer books and catechisms translated into Native American languages from across the Americas, including Aymara, Zapotec, and Montagnais.
Will Pope Francis get a glimpse of these rare tomes while in Philadelphia in late September? It's not on the official schedule. You, however, can see them through January 30, 2016.
Image Courtesy of the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
*An earlier version of this post reported that Doctrina breve was the oldest surviving book printed in the Western Hemisphere. Some friends in the UK disagreed, as the Prime Meridian separating East from West slices through England, leaving part of England and several other European countries in the Western Hemisphere--and they were printing before 1544.