[Lima: no printer, no date], 1757.
Quarto: 19.8 x 14 cm. , 79, , 80-237, ,  p. Collation: 2, A-Z4, Aa-Gg4, ¶¶4 (bound between G3 and G4), Hh-Ll4, Mm-Zz4, Aaa-Ddd2. With  folded etched plate.
SOLE EDITION. Vargas Ugarte and Medina assigned the publication date of 1757 on the basis of the dates of one of the approvals (Enero 7. de 1757) and one of the licenses (Enero 8. de 1757).
Bound in contemporary limp vellum, lightly soiled, lacking ties. Blurred stamp to fffep, private library bookplate on pastedown. A very fine copy on bright paper with just a few trivial blemishes. The folding plate is in fine condition, with a few creases and a closed tear, the printing of the engraving a little uneven. Rare. 7 copies traced in the U.S.: Getty, Harvard, JCB (2), San Diego, Indiana, Yale.
A description of the obsequies held in Lima for Queen Maria Anna Josefa (1683–1754), Queen Consort of Dom João V, King of Portugal. With numerous poems, a number of which describe the elaborate catafalque and cenotaph. The "Oracion Funebre" by Francisco Ponze de León, chief regent of the Royal University of San Marcos (with its own title page), begins on p. 192. The editor, Alvitez, was a Franciscan. The folding plate, showing the funeral monument, was etched by Fray Antonio de Contreras.
Queen Maria Anna Josefa died on 14 August 1754. News of her death arrived in Peru in the early months of 1755 and a lavish commemorative funeral was planned for the provincial capital.
Poems were solicited, designs for the ceremonial cenotaph were proposed, special events were planned. The ceremonies took place on 15 March 1756. We learn from the volume who the special dignitaries were, who said what, and what the processions and the order of the marchers were; and we are given a detailed description of the cenotaph, its ornaments.
The poems are romances, redondillas, sonnets, decimas, etc. Includes an example of concrete poetry, two poems in Portuguese (by Antonio Alberto, and Juan Julian Capetillo de la Sota, who also supplied a poem in English). The poets include Viceroy Jose Manso de Velasco; Nicolás Sarmiento de Sotomayor y los Ríos del Campo, IV conde del Portillo; various other nobles; and one woman, Josefa Bravo de Lagunas y Villela, Abbess of the Santa Clara monastery.
Medina, Lima, 1103; Vargas Ugarte, Impresos Peruanos, 1736; Palau 10118.