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AUCTION 22

 

Mexican Treatise on the Rebozo, with Lithograph by Decaen


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414.     [MEXICAN COSTUME]. [MUNGUÍA, VICENTE]. Del orígen, uso y bellezas del trage propio de las Mejicanas, conocido bajo el nombre de rebozo; y del grado de perfección que recibió en Zamora, por obra de D. Vicente Munguía, á quien el Gobierno de la República otorgó en 1847, cual premio de sus ingeniosos afanes, un privilegio de diez años, de que hubieran querido y quisieran aun privarle la envidia y el bajo interes de sus émulos, por medio de intrigues y de chicana. Guadalajara: Imprenta de Jesús Camerena, á cargo de Colin MacColl, 1851. [1-3] 4-32 pp., lithograph frontispiece: Señora de Guadalajara | Litog. de Decaen. 8vo (20 x 14 cm), later half tan sheep over gold and brown marbled boards, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering. Some light foxing and browning to title page and frontispiece, a few tiny tears in blank margin of title page (not affecting type); otherwise, very good. Title page with contemporary ink signature of Ignacio Aguirre (1802-1885), formerly director of the Guadalajara Public Library and author of several historical works (Dicc. Porrúa).

     First edition. Palau 184660. Toussaint, La Litografía in México, p. xviii: “Producción deliciosa en que el elemento popular se aúna a un sello de misteriosa aristocracia”; & Plate 8 (“curioso folleto”). The last footnote on p. 32 is signed “J.I., amigo de Munguía.”

     This rare pamphlet concerns the career and inventions of Mexican industrialist Vicente Munguía (1803-1877), but especially his perfection of the cloth he used to manufacture his rebozos, which were famous for their quality and apparently attracted much envy from his competitors. In 1847 he was awarded a patent for ten years on his cloth. This pamphlet is basically a defense of him against his attackers, who, it seems, published some sort of diatribe against him and which is quoted in the text. The finely drawn, well composed frontispiece is especially striking and shows a young woman in a full-length dress and adorned with what is apparently one of Munguía’s rebozos. As its inclusion in Toussaint would imply, it is a classic of Mexican lithography by one of the major Mexico City lithographers. See Dicc. Porrúa for more on Munguía.

($200-400)

Sold. Hammer: $450.00; Price Realized: $540.00

Auction 22 Abstracts

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