Fine Copy of the Swedish Sartorius-Rugendas

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522. SARTORIUS, C[arl Christian Wilhelm] & [Johann] Moritz Rugendas (artist). Mexico. Landskapsbilder och Skizzer ur Folklifvet, affattade i Skrift och Framställda af C. Sartorius. Fri Öfversättning af Carl Wingstedt. Med 18 Fina Stälstick. Enligt Originalteckningar af M. Rugendas. Stockholm: Tryckt Pa P.A. Huldbergs Förlag [Hos J.W. Lundberg], 1862. [4] 5-194, [2] pp. (text printed in double columns), 18 steel-engraved plates (most with titles in English, Spanish, and Swedish), including illustrated title (views, scenery, archaeology, urban and rural life, volcanoes). 8vo (24.6 x 16.8 cm), contemporary three-quarter dark brown sheep over mottled boards, mottled edges, spine decorated and lettered in gilt. Joints slightly rubbed and minor edge wear, text with light age toning, plates very fine. Overall a fine copy. Engraved library bookplate of Bibliotheca Næsbyensis (dated 1895) on front pastedown. Scarce.

Plate List

Overall sheet size: 16.3 x 24.2 cm. Dimensions provided are border to border and do not include captions beneath borders. Engravers attributed on image include G.M. Kurz, J. Poppel, and W. Lang; several attribute publishing to G.G. Lange. Most captions are in English, Spanish, and Swedish.

[Pictorial title] Mexiko och Mexikanarne. Stockholm. P.A. Huldberg. Image size: 19.6 x 13 cm.

[Frontispiece] The Mirador Looking towards the Gulf.... Border to border: 12.4 x 19.6 cm.

The Port of Veracruz with the Castle of S. Juan de Ulua.... Border to border: 12.3 x 19.2 cm.

View of the Coast on the Road from Veracruz to Ialapa.... Border to border: 12.5 x 19.5 cm.

The Country of the Sabanas on the Eastern Coast.... Border to border: 12.3 x 19.3 cm.

The Region of Oaks between Ialapa and Quautepec Looking towards the Volcano of Orizava.... Border to border: 12.4 x 19.4 cm.

Region of the Pines.... Border to border: 12.4 x 19.7 cm.

Plateau of Puebla.... Border to border: 12.7 x 19.9 cm.

Vegetation of the Westcoast, Palmwood & Volcano of Colima.... Border to border: 12.3 x 19.2 cm.

Vulkanen Jorullo.... Border to border: 12 x 19.5 cm. Caption in Swedish only.

Vulkanen Colima.... Border to border: 12.3 x 19.5 cm. Caption in Swedish only.

Barranca (Ravine) of Santa Maria with the Heights of Mirador and the volcano of Orizava.... Border to border: 12.2 x 19.3 cm.

Indianer uti det Inre Landet.... Border to border: 13.2 x 19.5 cm. Caption in Swedish only.

Dancing Mongrels.... Border to border: 12.8 x 19 cm.

Citizens and Market-Folks.... Border to border: 13.4 x 19.5 cm.

The Alameda, Public Walk.... Border to border: 12.7 x 20 cm.

Soldiers and Proletarians.... Border to border: 13.5 x 19.8 cm.

The Bull Hunting.... Border to border: 12.6 x 19.5 cm.

     First Swedish edition. The first edition was printed at Darmstadt in 1855. See preceding entries for German and English editions. The multiple translations of this work attest to its popularity, worth, and aesthetic appeal. Other than a few alterations to title on plates, the work appears to be unchanged. Palau 302687. Sabin notes the Darmstadt and London editions, but not this Swedish edition. Translator Carl Winget translated various works, including Allen’s Hitchcock’s Emanuel Swedenborg Depicted as Hermetic Philosopher (1862); Charles Muller’s Esperanza, or the Young Colony on the Pampas (1861); etc.

Sartorius (1796-1872), who lived in Mexico from 1824 to 1872, gives an interesting account of Mexico. He was involved in the colonization project of Hacienda El Mirador, which is illustrated on the beautiful engraved title. Sartorius cultivated rare plants and collected for institutions in Europe; his plant collection was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution after his death. The plates by German artist Rugendas (1802-1858—active in Latin America from 1820 to 1848, are classic renderings of Mexico in the nineteenth century, in the artist’s characteristically observant and freely Romantic style.


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