Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2011 Issue

Latin American Books and Manuscripts from Libreria de Antano

Antanonew17

Latin American and Spanish books.

Libreria de Anatano of Buenos Aires recently issued a catalogue of Fine Books and Manuscripts from Latin America and Spain. Among the types of books most frequently found herein are very early South and Central American imprints, usually of a religious nature, antiquarian Spanish books often connected to America, 19th century works related to growing unrest and revolution in the American colonies, and 20th century Latin American literature. For those whose collections begin on the south side of the U.S. border, Libreria de Antano provides a major resource. Here are some samples of what is available.

 

Item 4 is sort of a reverse of firsts. Rather than the first book published in Mexico, it is the first book by a Mexican-born writer published in Europe. The author was Diego Valades, a Franciscan missionary who lived in New Spain during the 16th century. The Spanish who came to Latin America essentially did one of two things - conquer and subdue the natives, or convert them to Christianity. Valades was a representative of the latter, kinder group, even if his father arrived with the conquistador Cortes. His mother was a local Indian woman. The younger Valades was noted as a humanitarian. His book is entitled Rhetorica Christiana… and describes his work evangelizing the Indians, along with his construction of an alphabet for the native language. The book was published in 1579. Priced at $19,500.

 

There was a limit to how much sympathy for the Indians was acceptable, and Jose Baquijano y Carrillo went a bit over the line. Baquijano was an economist, jurist, and professor in late 18th century Peru. In 1781, he published this book:  Elogio del excelentisimo senor don Agustin de Jauregui… It was a greeting to the new Peruvian viceroy, Agustin de Jauregui.  However, it was also a condemnation of the viceregal institution. Baquijano was influenced by the encyclopedists and other liberal thinkers of late 18th century Europe, along with the great early Latin humanist Bartolome de las Casas. He called for reforms of the viceregal system and the treatment of Indians with dignity and respect. In return, the Spanish King ordered copies of his book confiscated and burned. While Baquijano, who died in 1817, was not part of the independence movement, he is regarded as one of its precursors, as he argued for local autonomy along with respect for the natives of Peru. Item 48. $7,750.

 

Item 10 is a most interesting item related to Florida. It is a printing of a lawsuit from 1630 by descendants of Pedro Menendez de Aviles for expenditures personally made in establishing the first Spanish colony in Florida. His colony, now St. Augustine, is the oldest permanently inhabited city in North America founded by Europeans. Menendez wished to return to America after an earlier mission in which the ship carrying his son was lost. He hoped to find his son. The Spanish King finally acquiesced, but on the condition he set up a colony in Florida and drive out any Protestants. Menendez was also left with responsibility for funding many of the mission's expenses from his own pocket. He did his job well, setting up a colony at St. Augustine and brutally wiping out the French Huguenots who had settled at Fort Caroline (today's Jacksonville). The St. Augustine colony was established in 1565, and Menendez died in 1574, so this lawsuit by his descendants came many years later. They were awarded 15,000 ducados, apparently a sizeable sum. $8,750.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. <i>Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca…</i> Translated by Edward Dacres. London, 1640. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FILSON, John. <i>The Discovery, Settlement and present State of Kentucke: and An Essay towards the Topography, and Natural History of that important Country…</i> Wilmington, Del.: James Adams, 1784. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> ELUARD, Paul. <i>Un poeme dans chaque livre.</i> Paris: Louis Broder, 1956. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LEWIS, James Otto. [<i>Aboriginal Port Folio.</i> Philadelphia: Published by the Author, 1835-1836]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS]. BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin. [Southern Netherlands (Ghent or Bruges), c.1460]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MORE, Thomas, Sir. <i>The Workes ... wrytten by him in the Englysh tongue.</i> Edited by William Rastell. London, 1557. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. <i>Love is Enough.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed as President (“A. Lincoln”), 24 February 1863. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> WASHINGTON, George. Address panel with autograph free frank signed ("G:o Washington"), as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, 5 August 1777. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Beastly Baby.</i> N.p.: The Fantod Press, 1962. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FROST, Robert. Photographic reproduction signed and inscribed ("Robert Frost”), to R.V. Thornton, 1955. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Bug Book.</i> New York: Looking Glass Library, 1959. $500 to $700.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Book of Hours with Illuminated Miniatures, France, mid-15th century. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Conradus de Alemania [Halberstadt the Elder], <i>Concordantiae Bibliorum,</i> Strassburg, 1474. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Christopher Marlowe, <i>The Jew of Malta,</i> London, 1633. Earliest extant edition of this antiauthoritarian Elizabethan play. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b><br>Sir Isaac Newton, <i>The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,</i> first edition in English, 2 volumes, London, 1729. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> John Rae, <i>Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847,</i> first edition, London, 1850. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Philip Pittman, <i>The Present State of the European Settlements on the Mississippi…,</i> first edition, London, 1770. $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Cyanotype of an anatomy class at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1895. $300 to $400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Equine veterinary formulary, manuscript on paper, East Earl, Pennsylvania, circa 1860. $400 to $600.
  • <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> REGAMEY, Felix (1844-1906). Unique drawing showing Verlaine and Rimbaud in London, September 1872. €70,000 to 100,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LABORDE, Alexandre de (1773-1842). <i>Voyage pittoresque et historique de l’Espagne.</i> Paris : 1806-1820. €20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> BOCCACE, Jean (1313-1375). <i>Il Decamerone…</i> Venise : Gabriele Giolito di Ferrari, 1542.<br>€ 12,000 to 15,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LAMBERT, Yvon (1936). Full collection of writings from <i>Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs.</i> Paris : 1992 - 2018. €50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> JOUVE, Paul (1878-1973) -- KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936). <i>La Chasse de Kaa.</i> Paris : Javal & Bourdeaux, 1930. €2,000 to 3,000

Review Search

Archived Reviews

Ask Questions