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AUCTION 21

October 26, 2007

Dedicatee's Copy

249. [VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE]. Los doce estrellas de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe meditaciones y plegarias para visitar en espíritu los días doce de cada mes su santuario. Con aprobación de le Sagrada Mitra. Puebla: Tip. del Colegio de Artes, Bóvedas de la Compañía núm. 8, 1876. 163 [16] pp. (title and text within ornamental borders), lithograph illustration of Virgin of Guadalupe (15 x 9.7 cm including border) on p. [2]. 8vo (21.5 x 15.7 cm), original dark blue wrappers, title on upper cover and publisher's ads on lower cover within typographical borders, original stitching. Except for small hole on pp. 71/72 (costing no letters) and minor tear to head of spine, very fine. Laid in is another lithograph of the Virgin: Ntra. Sra. Guadalupe. Lito. del Colegio de Artes (neat line to neat line: 8.7 x 5.7 cm; other than a few minor fox-marks, fine). Contemporary ink signature on upper wrap of Sr. Lic. D. Alejandro Arango y Escandón, to whom the work appears to be dedicated (the printed dedication leaf on p. [3] is to: Sr. Lic. D. A. A. y E. (Puebla, September 6, 1876). Dedicatee Alejandro Arango y Escandón (1821-1883) was a native of Puebla and an author who wrote religious poems and some literary translations from various languages, including El Cid by Corneille. He was also chosen by his uncle, who underwrote the cost, for the task of selecting the artist and representation of the Columbus monument in Mexico City. Very rare edition; not in OCLC or RLIN.

            First edition? Not in Palau, Sabin, etc. The content consists of twelve devotions meant to be performed on the twelfth of every month. Although nothing is known of the press that produced this lovely work, it was apparently located in one of the several schools with similar names in nineteenth-century Mexico. The Monasterio de Santa Catalina in Puebla has a collection of works issued by this press. As is plain from the elaborate typography and design, this publication was intended partly as a teaching tool for those learning printing. The ad on the back wrap lists some other imprints with price and binding options, including a journal devoted to the Virgin of Guadalupe (Girnalda à la Virgen Guadalupana). ($250-450)

Sold. Hammer: $250.00; Price Realized: $293.75

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