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Copper-Engraved Plate of the Virgin of Guadalupe by Tomás Suria of the Malaspina Expedition

123. [VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE]. CARRILLO Y PÉREZ, Ignacio. Pensil Americano florida en el rigor del invierno, la imágen de María Santísima de Guadalupe, aparecida en la Corte de la Septentrional América México, en donde escribia esta Historia Don Ignacio Carrillo y Perez, hijo de esta ciudad y dependiente de su Real Casa de Moneda, año de 1793. Mexico: Por D. Mariano Joseph de Zúñiga y Ontiveros, calle del Espíritu Santo, año de 1797. [16], vi, 132 pp., copper-engraved plate of the Virgin of Guadalupe in a beautiful ornate frame border: N. S. Ð GUADALUPE Ð MEXICO. | La mas semejante a su Original [below image]: Jose Guerrero dib. | Tomas Suria la grav. en Mexico ã d 1790 (image and title measure 17.3 x 10.3 cm). Small 4to, early twentieth-century smooth burgundy calf over maroon pebble cloth, spine lettered in gilt and with raised bands. Light shelf wear, title soiled and repaired (lower corner missing, with loss of a few words of imprint), a few wormholes to first several signatures, waterstaining to about half the book.

     First edition. Beristain I:250. JCB III(2)3853. Mathes, Illustration in Colonial Mexico: Woodcuts and Copper Engravings in New Spain, 1539-1821, Register 8686. Medina, México 8686. Ramirez 179. Sabin 11057. The beautiful plate of the Virgin of Guadalupe was engraved by prominent Mexican engraver Tomás Suria after an image by José Guerrero. After accompanying the scientific expedition of Alejandro Malaspina to the north Pacific coast, Suria rejoined the Academia de San Carlos, where he remained the rest of his life. Author Carrillo (1765-1820), a native of Mexico, wrote this book to provide a fuller account than theretofore available of the history of the Virgin of Guadalupe and her miracles.

     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. ($400-800)

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