Apr 12, 2018 - Sale 2473

Sale 2473 - Lot 280

Price Realized: $ 6,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(MEXICAN IMPRINT--1682.) Medina, Balthasar de. Chronica de la santa provincia de San Diego de Mexico. Map, engraved additional title page, text illustrations. [22], 259, [10] leaves. Folio, contemporary vellum, moderate wear, detached from text block; free endpapers, engraved title page, map, and rear 3 leaves all detached, map worn with loss touching upper corner of border, early manuscript notes on endpapers and in text, dampstaining, moderate worming, water damage in lower margins of the last 80 leaves; faint marca de fuego on top edge. Mexico: Juan de Ribera, 1682

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A chronicle of the Discalced Franciscans in New Spain--the austere "barefoot friars." Missions and uprisings in New Mexico are discussed on leaves 168-170 and 199-200. The map and additional title page were both engraved by Antonio Ysarti in Mexico. The map is a stylized aerial relief view of the Mexican heartland from Aguascaliente in the north to Oaxaca in the south. Sabin calls it "the earliest specimen of copperplate engraving done in Mexico." Medina, Mexico 1250; Palau 159373 ("estimada y de valor comercial"); Sabin 47336 ("volume of extreme rarity"); Streeter sale I:137; Wagner, Spanish Southwest 55. One copy sold at auction since the 1966 Streeter sale.