Nov 06, 2014 - Sale 2364

Sale 2364 - Lot 215

Price Realized: $ 10,625
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Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 18,000
(LIMA--1595.) Vega, Juan de. Institutiones grammaticae Latino carmine, Hispana cum explicatione. Full-length engraved portrait on verso of 4th leaf. [9] (of 12), 158, [5] leaves. 8vo, contemporary vellum, recased with repairs to backstrip and bottom edge; lacking first three preliminary leaves, with title page provided in facsimile, endpapers renewed, wear to several leaves tastefully conserved including a small hole in the portrait, washed, a few inked marginal notes, moderate dampstaining, top edge unevenly trimmed (possibly to remove marca de fuego), lacking final blank leaf. In a custom 1/4 morocco folding case. Lima: Antonio Ricardo, 1595

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Written by a Latin instructor at a Lima convent who had been in Perú for more than thirty years. The anonymous engraving on verso of the 4th leaf has been identified as the first Archbishop of Lima, Saint Toribius of Mogrobejo (illustrated in Monteil's "L'humanisme américain: Philosophie d'une communauté de nations," pages 40, 49). A copy of this scarce Lima incunable is listed in the 1918 catalogue of the Velasco collection. Only two other copies of this book are known, at Duke University and the New York Public Library. Medina, Historia de la Imprenta en los antiguos dominios españoles de América y Oceanía, I:127-130; Vargas Ugarte, Impresos peruanos, 15.