First Music Printed in Yucatan

Rare in Wrappers and with Twenty Lithograph Plates

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218. [LITHOGRAPHY]. La Guirnalda. Periódico literario redactado por una sociedad de jóvenes.... Mérida: Imprenta de Rafael Pedrera; Espinosa, 1860-1861. Nos. 1-20 (1 July, 1860-15 February, 1861). [4], [1] 2-200, [4], 201-208, [2] pp., 20 lithograph plates (portraits on tinted grounds, music, patterns, allegorical, views, science and technology) by Espinosa, with 20 original title pages (some on colored paper) and 17 inserted ad leaves (some on colored paper), neither of which are included in collation. Folio (33.2 x 22.5 cm), original colored printed wrappers with typographical ornamentation bound in contemporary half black sheep, spine gilt lettered and decorated. Front cover detached, top of spine loose, light shelfwear and rubbing; interior, plates and wrappers very fine. A rare imprint, especially with the wrappers. OCLC locates only two copies. With ink signature of Stephen Salisbury, Jr., on first title page. Salisbury was co-author with Augustus Le Plongeon of several books of regional interest and archaeology, including The Maya (Worchester: Privately printed, 1877).

     First edition of a short-lived periodical, the end of which is announced in the publisher’s February 14, 1861, statement included in the final issue. Mathes, Mexico on Stone, pp. 30: “The publication of La Guirnalda by Espinosa established commercial lithography in Mérida”; 58 (title cited in bibliography with date of 1861); 63 (Espinosa). Palau 111096 (calling for 17 plates). Porrúa 8979 (calling for 17 plates).

     This illustrated literary, historical, and scientific periodical included contributions by C. Carrillo y Ancona, Olegario Molina, José Peón Contreras, Eligio Ancona, and others. The series “Galeria biográfico-litográfica de las señores obispados de Yucatan” is illustrated with toned lithograph portraits. The periodical was printed by the noted José Dolores Espinosa Rendón (1833-1869), the first to establish a lithography establishment in Yucatan, having studied in Havana. The journal contains the first music printed in Yucatan. “Extremadamente raro” (Antochiw).

     Chief editor José Antonio Cisneros (1826-1880) was a Merida native who had a distinguished career as a dramatist.


Sold. Hammer: $1,000.00; Price Realized: $1,225.00.

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