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AUCTION 20

124. [VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE]. Collection of six broadside sonnets to Our Lady of Guadalupe, four illustrated with images of the Virgin, all but one within ornamental border. Mexico, ca. 1830-1853. Very good to very fine.

(1) A Maria Santisima de Guadalupe Soneto. Y, qué, ¿solo el dolor y la tristura..... Woodcut of Virgin at top. Wove paper.

(2) El crítico mas fino y eminente.... [at end] Todas las Señoras de Temascaltepeue del valle, suplican á V. la. iluminacion los cías 13, 14 y 15 del presente, la asistencia á la Misa, Sermon y Procesion, y el mayor esmero en la salva la noche del dia 12 a la nueva. Woodcut of Virgin at top, typographical border. Laid paper.

(3) Himno que la Junta Guadalupana de Puebla Consagra a María Santísima de Guadalupe al cumplirse los trescientos años de su aparición de México... Laid paper.

(4) Los impresores de la calle de las Escalerillas número 13, oficina de Abadiano, á María Santisima de Guadalupe. Soneto.... [at end] Año de 1853. Wove pale yellow paper.

(5) Soneto. ¿Quién sino tú, dulcísima Maria, Libró con mano fuerte al Mexicano.... Woodcut of Virgin at top. Laid paper.

(6) El Vecindario de la alcaiceria a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.... [at end] El Tesorero, Secretario y Colector, suplican que en las dias de la Novena, y con especialidad el 11 y 12 de diciembre, se iluminen y adornen todas las fachadas de este Guadalupano Vecindario. L.A. Woodcut (Virgin appear to Juan Diego) at top. Laid paper.

These lovely little imprints pay tribute to the Virgin of Guadalupe, the symbol of Mexico’s spiritual unity for over 450 years. The avocation of Our Lady of Guadalupe of Mexico is the largest Marian devotion in the world. While highly concentrated in Latin America, it is also very extensive in non-Hispanic nations. According to tradition, the Virgin appeared to a Mexican Indian, Juan Diego, in 1531 and subsequently, to prove her appearance, implanted her image on his cloak when he presented his report to bishop Juan de Zumárraga. Subsequently, Our Lady of Guadalupe became the patroness of nativist culture and later Mexican nationalism. While never pronounced a dogma by the Papacy, the tradition of the apparition has not been declared illegitimate, and Juan Diego, an unclear personage, has, nonetheless, been canonized. The devotion of the Mexican Virgin of Guadalupe is manifested through virtually every aspect of Catholic life, as evidenced in the continual praises of her. ($250-500)

Sold. Hammer: $250.00; Price Realized: $293.75

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