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Posada Chapbooks—Cooking & Magic


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411.     [MEXICAN COOKBOOK]. POSADA, José Guadalupe (illustrator). Cuaderno Quinto de la Cocina en el Bolsillo. Colección completa y variada de guisos, postres, frutas de horno, dulces y otras golosinas oscogidas para todos los gustos. Propiedad del Editor. Mexico: Imp. Santa Teresa núm. 1 accesoria letra D., n.d. [after 1887]. [1-3] 4-16 pp. 16mo (14.9 x 9.2 cm), original yellow wrappers with illustration of a lady cooking in a kitchen: No 5. La Cocina en el Bolsillo. Editor Antonio Vanegas Mexico; lower wrap with Vanegas’ illustrated ad (signed in print by Posada). With another Vanegas pamphlet: El Niño magico…. Mexico: Imprenta Calle de Santa Teresa Num. 1, n.d. [after 1887]. [1-3] 4-16 pp., text illustrations. 16mo (14 x 9.3 cm), original orange wrappers with illustration of a child in tuxedo with a magic wand standing in front of a table with a skull and various bottles: El Niño Magico Prestidigitación Manual para Salon. Publicada por A. Vanegas Arroyo Mexico Posada; lower wrap with Vanegas illustrated ad (signed in print by Posada). Wraps to first title lightly stained, interior fine. Second title wraps very rubbed and some light staining to a few leaves. Very scarce and ephemeral.

     This little cookbook for the common folk focuses on traditional Mexican cuisine, such as mole prieto, pescado bagre guisada, huachinango relleno, etc. The illustrated magic book is unusual because it was meant for the instruction and use of budding, youthful magicians. The magic tricks include “Vino Convertido en Flores,” “Escamoteo de Monedas,” etc. These two cuadernillos (chapbooks) have the art work of José Guadalupe Posada, “the one true genius among the many strong personalities that mark American popular printmaking” (Mayor, Popular Prints of the Americas, p. 50). The work of Posada, a most uncommon common man, is recognizable virtually the world over. Posada’s works are at once vivacious, profound, humorous, and tragic, brilliantly capturing not only the flow of Posada’s times, but the human condition.


Sold. Hammer: $325.00; Price Realized: $390.00

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