Valle-Arizpe, Artemio de.
8vo, pp 583, inc. many b/w illustrations not numbered. Valle-Arizpe is credited with the creation of the Mexican historical novel of the colonial period, but he wrote many historical studies as well. He was elected, after the death of Gonzalez Obregon, Chronicler of Mexico City. He wrote many books, both historical and fiction, in his inimitable barroque Spanish. Herehe presents us with the history of the streets of Mex ico City. Very good copy, very solid although hinges have been reinforced, in publisher's box, in maroon leather, decorative design on spine.
Espinosa, Isidro Felis de.
1st edition. 4to, , 456,  pp. This title page is in red and black; there is a variant in black only, no priority determined [Palau 82703]. Frontispiece copperplate engraving by Sotomayor shows Margil surrounded by praying Indians, and there is a fine woodcut of St. Anthony of Padua on the dedication page. Margil was a Franciscan and is variously known as the Apostle of Texas and the Apostle of Guatamala due to his pioneering efforts in both those places (he is currently being considered for sainthood by the Vatican). He founded the first missions in Texas and the book describes in detail the lives of the Tejas tribe around Nacogdoches. Espinosa was his friend and colleague, and witnessed many of the incidents related. An important and essential sourcebook for both Texas and Guatamala. The book is beautifully printed by Hogal, of Mexico City, who is discussed at length in Medina's Imprenta en Mexico, vol. 1: he has been referred to as the Mexican Ibarra. A Spanish edition followed in 1742, but this is the more desirable edition. A beautiful, fresh copy in deep red crushed morocco, raised bands, gold tooling on all sides, marbled endpapers. A remarkably fine copy of this important book.
Text in Spanish, wrappers with yap fold, octavo size, 9.5 x 7in., pp 656 plus color plates not included in page count: illustrated copiously in b/w. . This catalog of plants, or materia medica is quite exhaustive, each plant given its place of growth, which parts are useful, the chemical composition, the uses both commonly and scientificall, etc. The Latin, Pre-Columbian and Spanish names are given. The references give in the indices are also copious. This copy unopened and so unread. Though bound in wrappers, the Botas publishing house always bound their books in sewed sections. Very good copy.
Spanish language. Large octavo size, 9.5 x 6.5 in, ff 4, pp 966, plus plates showing possible table arrangements, and the way to cut meat and fish. Undoubtedly the most comprehensive cookbook for Mexican cuisine in the 19th century. Building on Galvan's first Mexican cookbook of 1831, but now greatl enlarged, as it's subtitle indicates it was intended for households of higher and lower class, though one may doubt how many of the lower class could afford such a deluxe cookbook. Nineteenth century Mexico had developeda strong affinity for things French and this is reflected here. Recipes from the French cookbooks of de Careme and de Beauvilliers are among the many ethnic Mexican dishes. Leafing through, I find tamales, enchiladas, atole, chiliquiles, chiles rellenos, etc. Binding is black pebbled buckram, raised bands and gilt titling on spine. marbled end-papers, hinges quite solid, paper fresh and without age toning. OCLC lists only two copies held by libraries of this edition. A splendid copy altogether of this important cookbook.
Folio, ff , pp 455, 14 ff. Printed in two columns per page.The pagination does not match any of Palau's listed editions, nevertheless the book is complete. A work that was frequently reprinted down through the early 20th century. As the title denotes, it is a series of talks give by father Martinez de la Parra on the truths of the Catholic faith. Father de la Parra was a native of Puebla de los Angeles (1655 - 1701): Beristain de Souza calls him "el mejor catequista de la America." And indeed he may have been, judging from the more than 20 editions of this work that Palau lists. Bound in vellum, edges mottled, faded title on spine. First dozen pages have foxing, but all is clear once the text actually begins with the first "platica" on page 1. Book exhibits the fine printing that was then characteristic of Spanish imprints; the font is particularly handsome. Palau (155513) lists the book under Martinez de la Parra, not Parra, and notes that some copies of this printing lack the date and show the printer as Figueroa, not Jolis, as is the case here.
Broadside, 15 x 12 in, green newsprint, printed on both sides. Portrait of Genl. Felix Diaz on front, and standing portrait of Porfirio Diaz on verso. The sketchy information about this broadside is probably due to the turbulent politics of the period. It is an anti Madero diatribe, published apparently right after the decena tragica - the 10 tragic days - in which Madero, the president of Meic, and his vice -president were taken prisoner by the troops of Huerta, imprisoned and then assassinated. In the immediate aftermath, General Felix Diaz, the newphew of the deposed president Porfirio Diaz, rose up, and in league with Victoriano Huerta, to restore the previous government and bring Peace and Justice supposedly to the nation. This counter-revolution lastede a very short time before Huerta shut it down, assumed all power to himself, , and sent Diaz into an early retirement abroad. And then began the terrible Mexican Revolution. The art-work is really too crude for Posada, but the broadside does have an address of the printshop which is that of Vanegas Arroyo as I can confirm from other broadsides from this period with the same address. Very good condition.
8vo size, 9 x 5.5 in., pp 531+  index. The most complete and authoritative biography of Sor Juan (1651 - 1695), as well as the most recent, which takes into consideration the trickle, but substantive, new information oabout her that has come forth in the last 20 years. Senor Soriano Valles has written some ten books on this great baroque poet, an outstanding example ofSpain's Golden Age wich included Cervantes and Lope, Calderon and Gongora. Correcting the errors of Octavio Paz's Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz Las Trampas de la Fe, Soriano Valles gone much farther than any other author in taking into consideration all the literature that has been written about Sor Juan, examining in detail and with extraordinary acumen the arguments of other scholars. The bibliography is exhaustive. The book was printed in a run of only 1000 copies only, which, I am told, is almost exhausted, to the point that one must say it is scarce on the market. Bound in overlapping wrappers, nicely printed and well-bound. New condition, still in plastic-wrap.
Spanish language (with one exception)Thick Quarto size, 9.75 x 7 in, pp x, 635, with some 10 black ad white plates not numbered in page count (hors texte). Collection of 20 essays by various experts on various topics of Jesuit influence in Mexico. E.g., Among them are such notable as Ernest Burrus, Miguel Leon Portillo and Gonzalo Obregon, to mention just a few known to me. Some of the chapter titles are: "Influencia de antiguos jesuitas en la geografia y carto grafia universal (Burrus); "Dos Relaciones sobre la fundacion de la Compania de Jesus en Mexico;" " Itinerario del destierro de los misioneros de Sonora y Sinaloa segun los diarios de los arrieros y el epistolario oficia"; "Martires jesuitas de la Provincia de Mexico";"Two new dramas of seventeenth century Mexico"; Los jesuitas y la filosofia en la epoca colonial', etc. Thick volume, but well bound in sewn sections - the usual fine Jus printing values. Scarce, no other copies on internet at time of this posting. Some age-toning to spine. Very good condition.
Octavo size, 7.5x5 in, pp , , with some chapter-headings and full-page illustrations by Clemente Orozco. Translated by E. Munguia, with an introduction by Carleton Beals. Originally published as Los de Abajo (Those from Below) in book form in 1916 in El Paso, whee he was living at the time. (The book was serialized previously in a Spanish language El Paso newspaper. Abuela (1873-1952) served as a doctor to Pancho Villa's troops during the revolution, and then doctoring, most to th epoor in Mexico City. Beals in his introduction provides charming picture of this gentle and simple man. The Under Dogs is often cited as the great novel of the Mexican Revolution, told from the viewpoint of the common soldier, and drawn from Azuela's own first-hand experiences in the field. The first edition in Spanish is notoriously difficult to find. But even the American first, which is the first in English is uncommon, especialy with a good dust jacket. This copy however meets the qualification. As the illustration shows, save for a minor chip of the dust jacket at the base and a split of sameat the top, neither of which affect the printing or image, it is virtually complete. The book itself is in excellent condition, with the slightest bit of foxing to a few pages.