Apr 16, 2019 - Sale 2505

Sale 2505 - Lot 274

Price Realized: $ 45,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 40,000
(MEXICAN IMPRINT--1677.) [Juana Inés de la Cruz.] Villancicos que se cantaron en los maitines del gloriosissimo Padre S. Pedro Nolasco. [8] pages. 4to, disbound; horizontal fold, trace of a partial marca de fuego on top edge, some catchwords slightly cropped. [Mexico: Viuda de Bernardo Calderón, 1677]

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first edition of an early work by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695), the great Mexican poetess. It consists of Christmas carols to be sung in honor of the 13th-century saint Pedro Nolasco. On page 7 is a humorous section headed 'Tocotin,' meant to evoke the style of the traditional Nahua dance, including some words in Nahuatl. It is sung by a boastful Indian dancer playing an out-of-tune guitar, who professes such a deep veneration for the saint that he would slay an army of Moorish enemies single-handedly. Published anonymously, the poem next appeared among her collected works in 1689. Not in Medina, Mexico; see Obras completas de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, page II:32. One copy in OCLC, at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Interest in Sor Juana's work remains strong over the centuries; a collection of her works was recognized by UNESCO in March 2019.