AUCTION 23

 

Rare Paean to the Virgin of Guadalupe

With a Reprise of Clavijero & A Copper-Engraved Map of the Valley of Mexico

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572. [VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE]. HEREDIA Y SARMIENTO, José Ignacio. Sermon panegirico de la gloriosa aparición de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, que en el dia 12 de diciembre de 1801 dixo en su santuario el Dr. D. Joseph Ignacio Heredia y Sarmiento, Colegial Beca de Oposicion, Cathedrático quc [sic] fué de Látinidad, de Filisofia, y es hoy de Retorica en el Real y Pontificio Colegio Seminario de México, y Cura Juez Eclesiastico interino de Metepec. Quen lo dedica a D. José Antonio Llampallas. [Mexico]: Imprenta de Doña María Fernández Jáuregui, 1803. [1-2] 3-155 [1, blank] pp. (pp. 71-155 introduced by its own caption title: Resumen historico de las principales naciones que poblar), copper-engraved plan of Tenochtitlán [Mexico City] as it was before the Spanish invasion: Plano Geografico que demuestra la antigua cituacion de Mexico sus Lagunas y poblaciones inmediatas, en tiempo de la gentilidad (neat line to neat line: 23.3 x 15.3 cm; signed in image at lower left: Montes de Oca fect., plus 5 unsigned copper-engraved plates: [1] Un plebeyo. Una Muger plebeya. Un Noble. Una Señora. Un Soldado. Un Sacerdote (Mexican types and costumes); [2] Juegos Mexicanos (gynmastics); [3] Templo mayor de Mexico (great temple of Mexico); [4] Sacrificio ordinario;[5] Sacrificio gladiatorio. 4to (20.5 x 15 cm), contemporary half speckled Mexican sheep over marbled boards, spine gilt decorated. Binding moderately worn and rubbed with some loss of gilt and paper from spine, edge wear, lower hinge cracked, upper hinge starting. Title page with a few mild stains, otherwise text very good. Map very fine except for two neat, closed tears at text block, on verso. Plates fine except for small stain outside plate mark on Great Temple. No copies in auction records.

     First edition. Apenes, Mapas Antiguos del Valle de Mexico, p. 26. Beristáin de Souza, Biblioteca Hispano Americana Setentrional (1883), Vol. II, p. 78. Grajales & Burrus, Bibliografía Guadalupana (1591-1984) 299. Harper 220a:215 (1975 offering at $65, lacking one plate). Mathes, Bibliotheca Novohispana Guadalupana, p. 68. Medina, México 9594. Orozco y Berra, Memoria para la carta hidrografica del Valle de Mexico, pp. 7 & 113. Palau 113325. Sabin 31479. Celebrated orator Heredia y Sarmiento (1779-1809) in this sermon pays tribute to the Virgin of Guadalupe and the blessings she has brought to Mexico and the conversion of the Natives from idolatry. The author also wrote a funeral sermon to honor Spanish troops who fell while fighting rebels in Montevideo and Buenos Aires (1808) and another sermon mentioning the “sad and mountainous country of California” (1804). Carlos María de Bustamante, in the Diario de Mexico (May 6, 1809) refers to the youthful preacher as outstanding. At pages 71-155 is “Resumen historico de las principales naciones que poblaron el pais de Anahuac, o virreynato de Nueva Espana.” Sarmiento sites as sources for this history Clavijero, Fernández de Alva, and others.

JCB attributes the map to José María Montes de Oca (rather than Luis Montes de Oca). The former engraved several maps of Mexico and environs during the era. Mathes, La Ilustración en México colonial cites the unsigned plates (Register 9594) as based on those in Clavijero and remarks: “Although the practice of signing quality plates was almost universal, some notable anonymous engravings also appeared. Among these...in 1803, Mexica Indians, Totonac voladores, the Templo Mayor of Mexico, and two views of human sacrifice for José Ignacio Heredia y Sarmiento, Sermon panegirico de la gloriosa Aparición de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe by María Fernández de Jáuregui.” Not in Romero de Terreros, Grabados y grabadores de la Nueva España.

($1,000-2,000)

Sold. Hammer: $1,400.00; Price Realized: $1,715.00.

Auction 23 Abstracts

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