AUCTION 23

 
 

Mexican Lithography for the Masses - Two Traitors

 
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447. [MEXICAN LITHOGRAPHY]. Two lithographs: [1] BRÉBAN, C. (artist). Bautismo de Magiscatzin, Rey de Tlascala; [above print] Historia mexicana 4.]; [below neat line] Julio Michaud y Thomas Mexico;[signed in print at lower right] C. Bréban; [2] BRÉBAN, C. (artist). Moteuczoma emperador mejicano; [above print] Historia mexicana 1; [below neat line] Julio Michaud y Thomas Mexico;[signed in print at lower left] C. Bréban. Mexico, n.d. [ca. 1860]. 2 brightly hand-colored lithographs with gesso highlights. Each sheet measures 25.5 x 33 cm and has text below. Foxed, small worm hole on each (minor loss), old tape in margins. Pretty rough condition, even though the images themselves are clean and bright.

     The first print shows the baptism by Catholic priests of Magiscatzin, King of Tlaxcala, who was considered by some to be a traitor for acquiescing to the Spanish. The second print shows Malinche acting as interpreter between Montezuma and Cortez. Malinche is also considered by some to be a traitor. In this second print, one of the fanciful features is Native Americans with beards. For more on the lithography firm of Michaud y Thomas, see Mathes (Mexico on Stone, p. 28) discussing the lithographers’ large-format album, but not mentioning this series of prints. These prints may have been a series publication for popular consumption, perhaps sold without text to be framed and hung. Or possibly the plates are from a general history of Mexico (see Palau 115207), an anonymous book entitled Historia de México published around 1860 in oblong format; according to Palau, Quarich sold a copy in 1895 with 21 of 37 plates.

($100-200)

Sold. Hammer: $100.00; Price Realized: $122.50.

Auction 23 Abstracts

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