Beautiful Tour-de-Force of Mexican Printing in Red, Blue & Gold

In Honor of St. Felipe de Jesús, Patron Saint of Mexico

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139. [FELIPE DE JESÚS, SAINT]. CATHOLIC CHURCH. México [text commences]: La memoria de un tierno objeto hace formar acia el las mas sólidas reflexîones, tal es, la de la inmortal felicidad de que logran en general las Naciones Católicas, gozandose cada una dulcemente en tantos Santos, sus repectivos Compatriotas, quantos se congratula de que sean adorados por el ambito del Orbe sujecto à nuestra Sagrada Religion... [text ends] ...nuestros afectuosos obsequios. [Mexico, n.d. (1770s?)]. Broadside printed on laid paper, in red and blue with gold highlights hand-applied to letters, text in red within elaborate wood-engraved lace border in red and blue. 31 x 42.5 (untrimmed). Except for small oxidized stain at lower left in text and contemporary blue ink fingerprint stains caused by careless handling at the press, very fine. All letters have some traces of gold, some more so than others. OCLC locates copies at Harvard, SMU, & Texas A&M.

     This unusual broadside announces a novena for San Felipe de Jesús (born in Mexico 1572-died in Japan 1597), martyr andpatron saint of Mexico crucified in Japan (see herein). The novena is to be celebrated on the 27th of the month. The majority of the text is taken up with a review of the blessings various saints have bestowed upon Catholic countries, including those conferred on Mexico by San Felipe de Jesús.

     See Medina 7205 for a sermon that appears to be about this mass. The sermon was printed by Zúñiga y Ontiveros. See also Medina 2437. The use of gold leaf to wet red ink was a popular practice in Peru and Mexico in the 1770s.


Sold. Hammer: $2,600.00; Price Realized: $3,185.00.

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