AUCTION 23

 
 

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166. GUALDI, Pietro. Monumentos de Mejico, tomados del natural y litografiados por Pedro Gualdi pintor de perspectiva se vende en casa de los Editores Imprenta Litografica de Masse y Decaen Callejon de S. Clara No. 8. [left oval] Catedral. Plaza de S. Domingo y Aduana. Interior de la Universidad. Interior de N.S. de Guadalupe. Interior de Mineria. Collegio de Mineria. Año [right oval] Interior dē Catedral. Interior de la Alameda. Paseo de la Independencia. Patio del Cto. de N.S. de la Merced. Camara de los Diputados. Casa Municipal. 1841. [within panorama below title at bottom of image] Vista de una parte de Megico desde los Angeles Gualdi. Mexico, 1841. Text: [12] letterpress leaves with descriptive text on rectos for each plate (printed by José Mariano Fernández de Lara). Plates: 13 leaves of lithographs by Massé y Decaen after Gualdi, on medium-weight paper (title plus 12 views of Mexico City with emphasis on architecture): letterpress-woodcut-lithograph title page with ornate border, small view of Cathedral at top, long view of Mexico City and surrounding region below, and a playful fusion of type fonts; the other twelve lithographs are views. Oblong folio (34.2 x 51 cm), contemporary three-quarter diced calf over brown cloth (neatly rebacked, original spine and endpapers retained). Plates and text professionally washed. Some shelf wear to fragile binding, first two leaves with closed tear (slight loss to title page, replaced in pen and ink facsimile). Plate [10] with lower right blank corner supplied and tear repaired at lower left into image (no losses). Otherwise the interior and plates are fine. Provenance: Filson Club of Kentucky. Rare.

Plate List

Overall sheet size of each plate: 34 x 50 cm. The plates in this copy are in a different order than the first edition (see preceding entry). Set out in the following plate list are brief notes comparing the plates in the first and second editions. For more details, see: Roberto L. Mayer, “Los dos álbumes de Pedro Gualdi” in Anales del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM, No. 69, 1996, pp. 81-102.

[1]  Decorative, illustrated title [lower left above neat line, in image] Vista de una parte de Megico desde los Angeles Gualdi. Image area: 29.6 x 39 cm. Changes from first edition title page, including a revised plate list.

[2]  Casa Municipal. [below neat line] Imp. lito. de Masse y Decaen, Editores callejon de S. Clara No. 8. Pedro Gualdi. Image including imprint and title: 27 x 39 cm; image plus line border: 25.6 x 39 cm. The view of the street scene is slightly different, such as the inclusion of a carriage added to this second edition.

[3]  Camara de los Diputados. [below neat line] Impa. Lito. de Masse y Decaen Callejon de Sa. Clara No. 8. P. Gualdi. Within image at lower center: Gualdi. Image including imprint and title: 28.8 x 38.7 cm; image plus line border: 27.1 x 38.7 cm. Same view as in first edition.

[4]  Catedral de Mejico. [below neat line] Imprenta Litografica de Masse y Decaen Editores callejon de S. Clara No. 8. P. Gualdi, Lit. y pintor. [within image at lower right center] Gualdi. Image including imprint and title: 27.7 x 39.9 cm; image plus line border: 26.5 x 39.9 cm. This view differs from that of the first edition, such as alteration of perspective.

[5]  Interior de la Catedral de Mexico. [below neat line] Impa. lito de Masse y Decaen editores callejon de Sa. Clara N. 8. P. Gualdi, pintor y lit. Within image at lower left: Gualdi 1842. Image including imprint and title: 27.3 x 38.5 cm; image plus line border: 26.1 x 38.5 cm. Text leaf and image dated 1842 at lower left. This view differs from the first edition—here the view is of the choir and towards the sanctuary rather than of the sanctuary.

[6]  Colegio de Minería. [below neat line] Imp. Lito. de Masse y Decaen, editores, callejon S. Clara No. 8. Pedro Gualdi. Within image at lower left center: Gualdi. Image including imprint and title: 26.7 x 38.7 cm; image plus line border: 25.5 x 38.7 cm. The views are entirely different in the two editions, with the view reversed. Here the structure is on the right.

[7]  Interior del Colegio de Mineria. [below neat line] Impa. Lito. de Masse y Decaen editores callejon S. Clara No. 8. Pedro Gualdi. Within image at lower right: Gualdi. Image including imprint and title: 27.6 x 39 cm; image plus line border: 26.5 x 39 cm. The view differs from that in the first edition, here showing the interior staircase rather than the courtyard.

[8]  Interior de la Universidad de Mejico [below neat line] Imprenta Lito. de Masse y Decaen, editores callejon de S. Clara No. 8. Pedro Gualdi. [within image at lower right] Gualdi. Image including imprint and title: 28.3 x 39.6 cm; image plus line border: 26.8 x 39.6 cm. The views differ slightly, here with a figure added to the foreground, the dog moved, etc.

[9]  Claustro del Convento de Na. Sa. de la Merced. [below neat line] Imprenta Lito. de Masse y Decaen, callejon Sa. Clara No. 8. P. Gualdi. Within image at lower center: Gualdi. Image including imprint and title: 28.6 x 40 cm; image plus line border: 27.2 x 40 cm. The views are the same in both editions.

[10]  Santuario de N. S. de Guadalupe. [below neat line at right] Imprenta Lito. callejon S. Clara No. 8. Image including imprint and title: 28.4 x 39.5 cm; image plus line border: 26.6 x 39.5 cm. Both views are from the southeast, but the view has been entirely redrawn.

[11]  Paseo de la Independencia. [below neat line] Impta. Lito. de Masse y Decaen, Callejon S. Clara No. 8. P. Gualdi. [within image at lower center] Gualdi. Image including imprint and title: 29 x 40 cm; image plus line border: 26.8 x 40 cm. The views are the same in both editions.

[12]  Alameda de Mejico. [below neat line] Lito. de Masse y Decaen, editores callejon de Sa. Clara No. 8.  P. Gualdi. Image including imprint and title: 27.7 x 38.8 cm; image plus line border: 26 x 38.8 cm. This is an entirely new plate.

[13]  Plaza de Sto. Domingo y Aduana. [below neat line] Imprenta Lito. de Masse y Decaen callejon Sa. Clara No. 8. P. Gualdi. [within image at lower right] Gualdi. Image including imprint and title: 28.8 x 40.5 cm; image plus line border: 26.8 x 40.5 cm. The views are the same in both editions.

     Second edition of preceding, one of the earliest Mexican lithograph view books, and the first view book devoted to any Mexican city, recording now-lost perspectives of Mexico City itself. The present edition contains revisions and, in some cases, entirely new plates. See previous entry for first edition and notes on Gualdi and his work. Banco de México, Imágenes de Mexico, pp. 960-985. Mathes, Mexico on Stone, pp. 21. Museo Nacional de Arte, Nación de imágenes: La Litografía mexicana del siglo XIX, pp. 340, 358. Palau 109364 (no mention of text). Sabin 29048 (no mention of text). Toussaint, La Litografía en México, pp. xvii-xviii.

     For additional notes on this cornerstone Mexican plate book and Gualdi, see previous entry.

($10,000-20,000)

Sold. Hammer: $10,000.00; Price Realized: $12,250.00.

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