Striking Lithographs of the Virgin of Guadalupe & Her History

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565. [VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE]. Album guadalupano. Publicado por Debray Sucs. Mexico Portal del Coliseo Viejo y esquina del Callejon del Espiritu Santo. 1885 [lithograph title]. Mexico: Debray, 1885. 16 lithograph plates on toned grounds, including three-tone title page and map (see plate list below). 8vo (25.2 x 18.3 cm), original blind-embossed black cloth, title stamped in gilt on upper cover, publisher’s anagram blind-stamped on lower cover. Both covers stamped “Mexico.” Spine slightly faded, spinal extremities and upper joint expertly repaired, corners lightly bumped, minor shelf wear, hinges just starting at bottom. Lithographs very fine and fresh. Very scarce. OCLC locates five copies (University of Texas at Austin-Benson; University of New Mexico-Albuquerque; Universidad Iberoamericano-Mexico; University of California-Bancroft; Latrobe University-Australia).

Plate List

All plates on sheets 24.6 x 17.5 cm, all images except title are within double-ruled line borders approximately 21.7 x 14.3 cm, above which is title: Album Guadalupano, and below which is publisher’s imprint: Debray Sucs. México. | Propiedad de los Editors.

Album guadalupano. Publicado por Debray Sucs. Mexico Portal del Coliseo Viejo y esquina del Callejon del Espiritu Santo. 1885. Illustrated title showing a female angel holding a stone on which the title is engraved, roses beneath, and the Virgin’s shrine in the distance.

Ntra. Sra. del Guadalupe. Classic stylized image of the Virgin as derived from Revelations 12:1 description of the Woman of the Apocalypse: “Arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.”

Primera Aparicion. Virgin in the sky from whom Juan Diego flees in fright.

Segunda Aparicion. Virgin in the sky whom Juan Diego regards with awe.

Tereca Aparicion. Virgin in the sky scattering roses onto kneeling Juan Diego’s tilma.

Cuarta Aparicion. Juan Diego revealing the image of the Virgin on his tilma to adoring, dumbfounded clergymen.

Plaza de la Villa. Street scene showing the Virgin’s church in background.

Interior de la Colegiata. Interior scene looking towards nave.

Vista del coro de la Colegiata. Scene showing the church choir.

Capilla del Pocito. Exterior view of the chapel erected in 1791 over a spring widely considered to be the exact spot where the Virgin appeared to Juan Diego.

Interior de la Capilla del Pocito. Interior view of the chapel.

Capilla del Cerro del Tepeyac. View of the chapel on the hilltop where the miracle occurred.

Interior de la Capilla del Tepeyac. General view looking toward the nave.

Vista General de la Villa. General view of the town showing the main church and the chapel with a train in the foreground.

Panorama de la Villa. Bird’s-eye view of the town showing the Capilla del Pocito.

Plan qve pertense alos naturales de Sa. Yzabel tola año de 1795. Three-tone map with numbered and lettered keys to locations of the events concerning the Virgin’s appearances and landmarks of the locale, after a plan done on October 17, 1795, by José Mariano Alarcón.

     First edition. Hiersemann-Peñafiel 332. Mathes, Mexico on Stone, pp. 44: “The now highly-commercialized chromolithography of Debray was taken over by C. Montauriol at Lito Debray Sucesores (Portal del Coliseo Viejo 6) in 1885. In that year the firm produced the Album Guadalupano....”; 60 (citing book); 63 (lithographer-publisher). Palau 5515. Porrúa Catalogue 5 (1949) 7028.

     Here sepia-tone lithography is used to great advantage to capture the life and miracles of one of the most revered and historically profound saints in New World history. The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most visited Roman Catholic shrine in the world. Stafford Poole in the 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.”


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

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