Rare Book Treasures: The Sun God's Wife
Our Ortigas Library has rare book treasures a delight to read and research on. Take this small book The Sun God's Wife, published in 1937 by H.E. Stafford. It contains illustrations of a nude woman at sunset outlining the mountains across from his Pasay house which probably fronted Manila Bay. All except one were done by Fernando Amorsolo. He lived near what was then the Manila Polo Club before it later moved to Makati.
His other love was Baguio where he had a home on Outlook Drive. He opened the Manila Sanitarium at the turn of the century which would later be the Baguio General Hospital. He collected Igorot folk tales which were odd creation and moral stories.
He loved the Philippines and his instructions upon his death was to scatter his ashes on a boat headed for Corregidor at sunset, his most favorite time of the day.
There were only 200 copies published and they were to be personal gifts of his to friends.
Here's a quote from the book:
"Evening comes and the Sun God, knowing that he soon must go tears up his robe of prismatic colours and spreads it across the western clouds in benediction, a farewell and a promise of his return on the morrow.
These colours flame and blaze and are reflected in the sea, whose rouge-lipped waves become gently heaving, ruby swells, slowly, kaleidoscopically, they change and grow into softer pastel shades. And in the ineffably sweat sadness of all beautiful things ending, the light hastens to follow its master, and darkness falls; the stars come out one by one; a saffron moon creeps up behind Mt. Makiling, etching the land and sea in mystical black and gold.
The mellow, bell-like call of the conch-shells of the fishermen of Baclaran Beach brings nostalgic reminiscences of southern hunting nights with the hounds. A warm, soft, caressing veil of intoxicating perfume – ylang-ylang or dama de noche, perhapsmalacoco sweeps across the face.
Farewell, a fond farewell."
Come visit us and read this lovely book and gaze at the Amorsolo illustrations.
- John Silva, Executive Director, Ortigas Foundation Library