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AUCTION 22

 

Elaborate Celebration Album for the Virgin of Guadalupe


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551.     [VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE]. Album de la Coronación de la Sma. Virgin de Guadalupe reseña del suceso mas notable acaecido en el nuevo mundo. Noticia histórica de la milagrosa aparición y del santuario de Guadalupe, desde la primera ermita hasta la dedicación de la suntuosa Basílica. Culto tributado a la Santísima Virgen desde el siglo XVI hasta nuestros días, Guía Histórico-descriptiva de Guadalupe Hidalgo para uso de los peregrinos y de los viajeros. Edición de “El Tiempo” adornada con más de 200 ilustraciones. Con la aprobación y bendición del Ilmo. Sr. Arzobispo de México. Mexico: Imprenta de “El Tiempo,” de Victoriano Agüeros, Editor, 1895. [1-9] 10-190, [6] pp. (some preliminary pages printed in red and black), copious photographic text illustrations, many full page (portraits, architecture, art work, interiors, lottery tickets, floor plans, title pages, manuscripts). 4to (31 x 24 cm), full contemporary brown sheep, covers heavily embossed in gilt and blind, gilt lettering on upper cover and spine, gilt decoration on lower cover, raised bands on spine, gold foil endpapers with dark blue decoration, ribbon bookmark in red, green, and white, a.e.g. (binder’s stamp on front flyleaf for the bindery of Colegio Salesiano in Mexico City). Minor shelf wear to binding, upper hinge cracked (but strong), and a few small stains to image facing title page, otherwise very fine.

     First edition. Palau 5565. This elaborate album was published as part of the celebration of the coronation of the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which took place with great fanfare in 1895 and was attended by most of the episcopate of the Americas. The text consists of a heavily illustrated history of the Virgin in Mexico, the orders and societies that venerate her, places and churches dedicated to her, and portraits of important ecclesiastical and historical figures. Also included are images of various title pages of books about the Virgin and lottery tickets sold to raise money for restoring her sanctuary. A companion volume is promised covering the coronation itself, but we have been unable to discover if it was ever published.

     Stafford Poole, prologue to Bibliotheca Novohispana Guadalupana (Mexico: Condumex, 2003): “Our Lady of Guadalupe offers one of history’s outstanding examples of the fusion of religious devotion and national identity. Originating in Mexico in the seventeenth century, the devotion has gained popularity throughout the world. ‘Mexico was born at Tepeyac’ is how this is often phrased. It is based on the story of the appearances of the Virgin Mary to an indigenous neophyte named Juan Diego in which the Virgin directed him to have a church built on the site of the apparitions, the hill of Tepeyac. Since that time the Mexican people have forged an almost mystical relationship with the Virgin morena or Dark Virgin. As one Mexican priest expressed it, ‘Without Guadalupe we would cease to be Mexicans.’”

($200-400)

Sold. Hammer: $425.00; Price Realized: $510.00

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