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October 26, 2007

Printed by Pedro Balli

169. [MEXICAN INCUNABULUM]. Printed power of attorney form accomplished in manuscript and signed, from Doctor Juan Daza, physician of Puebla, to Luis Flores de Carrión, in Puebla, 24 June 1582. [First line recto] Para que por mi y en nombre podays pedir y demandar auer [last line recto] conocer y pedir publicacion dello, pedir y sacar escripturas de [first line verso] donde estuuieren y las pagadas chancelar y tacharlos testigos [last line verso] es ante el presente escriuano e testigos q fue fecho y otorgado en. [Mexico City: Pedro Balli, before 11 January 1582]. Folio (sheet size: 31.5 x 22 cm; recto imprint area 16.3 x 13 cm; verso imprint area 12.4 x 13 cm), [2] pp., gothic type, 32 lines of text on recto, 24 lines of text on verso. Numbered “169” in contemporary ink at top right recto. Lower blank margins slightly tattered, old stab holes at left blank margin, otherwise fine.

            Szewczyk & Buffington, 39 Books and Broadsides Printed in America before the Bay Psalm Book: In Celebration of the 450th Anniversary of the Introduction of Printing in the New World #12 (another example of the present form). Pedro Balli (d. 1600) was active as a bookseller and printer in Mexico City from 1574 until his death. Thompson, Printing in Colonial Spanish America, pp. 27-28: “Balli, Mexico’s fourth printer, came from Salamanca, although he was of French descent. He came to Mexico in 1569 as a bookseller, and he first appears as a printer in 1574 with Fray Juan de Lagunas’ Arte y dictionario: con otras obras, en lengua Michuacana. His last imprint is Dionisio Ribera Flores’ Relación historiada (1600). In his quarter of a century of activity as a printer, Balli produced more than sixty imprints, including books in indigenous languages and academic publications of the University of Mexico.... Balli seems to have maintained close relations with his competitors, Espinosa and Ocharte, since he apparently exchanged type and wood engravings with them. It is also likely that he bought a good deal of equipment from the estates of Ocharte and Espinosa.” ($1,000-2,000)

Sold. Hammer: $1,400.00; Price Realized: $1,645.00

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