Nov 06, 2014 - Sale 2364

Sale 2364 - Lot 288

Price Realized: $ 5,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(MEXICO--1623.) Floresta latina, culta en honra, y alabança de dos belissimas plantas, y santissimas virgines, Lucia, y Petronila. 2 full-page engravings. [51], [1] leaves, erratically paginated. Small 8vo, contemporary stamped vellum, minor wear and staining; pastedowns coming loose, minor dampstaining; early inscription crossed out on title page, with small inked "MM" stamp on verso. México: Juan Blanco de Alcázar, 1623

Additional Details

A collection of poems in Latin and Spanish by various authors. Beristain credits a similiarly titled work of the same year, now lost, to Francisco Ramírez (see Medina 353). The printer Blanco de Alcázar has been described as "one of the most curious figures in the history of printing in New Spain," and was later imprisoned for many years by the Inquisition for printing a libelous pamphlet (see Kenneth C. Ward, "Mexico, where they coin money and print books: the Calderón dynasty and the Mexican book trade," University of Texas dissertation, pages 47-48). Medina, México 350; Palau 92618. Medina cites just one copy, in a private library, while OCLC lists one at Biblioteca Nacional de México. None known at auction.