Jul 15, 2021 - Sale 2576

Sale 2576 - Lot 19

Price Realized: $ 2,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
Gómez de la Parra, José (late 17th century)
Vida de la Venerable Madre Antonia de San Jacinto: Monja Professa de Velo Negro.

Mexico City: Herederos de la Viuda de Bernardo Calderón [Heirs of Paula de Benavides], 1689.

First edition, quarto, *6, §4, ¶4, A-P4, Q2; title page printed within a border of typographical ornaments, engraved arms of dedicatee, Juan Cavallero y Ocio, printed on second leaf; bound in full contemporary limp parchment, silk loop closures braided in colored thread and red glass bead catches (one loop broken, both beads present), remnants of a Dutch gilt embossed paper cover pasted under a later plain endleaf inside both boards, pattern No. 61 by Munck; some worming, a few signatures with foxing, generally crisp, worm damage to title neatly repaired on verso, 8 x 5 1/2 in.

Antonia de San Jacinto (d. 1682) was famous in her lifetime for her poverty, self-starvation, mortification of the flesh, and devotion to Christ. Her cult was extremely popular with the population of her hometown of Querétaro City in central Mexico, where she lived at the Santa Clara convent. Huge crowds attended the mass commemorating the first anniversary of her death. In 1686, her remains were exhumed for more prominent display in the Santa Clara church.

Paula de Benavides and her husband Bernardo Calderón began printing books and pamphlets in Mexico City in 1631; widowed with six children, she took over the business in 1641 and died in 1684. This book was printed by her heirs. During her forty-three-year career as a printer, Benavides printed at least 448 titles in Mexico City and ran an expansive book store. She created a printing and bookselling dynasty that persisted for three generations after her death. Daughters, daughters-in-law, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters continued printing using the Benavides name. (cf. Montiel Ontiveros, Ana Cecilia y Beltrán Cabrera, Luz del Carmen y (2006), "Paula de Benavides: impresora del siglo XVII. El inicio de un linaje." Contribuciones desde Coatepec, Vol. , núm.10, pp.103-115 [Consultado: 4 de Mayo de 2021]. ISSN: 1870-0365. Disponible en : https://www.redalyc.org/articulo.oa?id=28101005)

Medina, Mexico 1443; Palau 103582; Sabin 27761.