Sep 27, 2018 - Sale 2486

Sale 2486 - Lot 475

Price Realized: $ 11,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
(MEXICAN IMPRINT--PUEBLA.) Palafox y Mendoza, Juan de. Historia real sagrada, luz de principes, y subditos. [42], 242, [14] leaves. Folio, contemporary vellum, worn; lacking endpapers, first 2 leaves and gathering A coming detached, moderate dampstaining and wear, a few early manuscript notes; marca del fuego of the Franciscan Convento de San Pedro de Alcántara de Guanajuato (BF-12032) on top edge, and their inscription on half-title and title page. Puebla: Francisco Robledo, 1643

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first edition, and the first full-length book printed in puebla. Puebla de los Angeles boasted the fourth printing press in the Americas, after Mexico, Lima, and Cambridge. A pamphlet was printed in Puebla in 1642, and five more in 1643, none of them known to be longer than 44 leaves. Palafox served as bishop of Puebla during this time and may have played a role in bringing Robledo's press to Puebla. This was the last book published under Palafox's authority as viceroy; later Puebla printing was more or less at odds with the laws of Spain for several years. "Palafox set out his vision of the proper relationship between sovereign and subjects"--Ward, "Mexico, where they coin money and print books: the Calderón dynasty and the Mexican book trade," University of Texas dissertation, pages 95-98. Medina, Puebla 4; Palau 209621; Woodbridge, Printing in Colonial Spanish America, page 79. The first complete copy at auction since 1971.