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Gordillo, F.
Ligerísimo bosquejo de la vida de Francisco de Gerónimo y Gravina. S. l. n. a.
México, 1807. Rare Mexican Printing with a Biography of a Jesuit Priest On the Road for Sainthood. Broadside (305 x 210 mm). Copper engraving and letterpress on laid, watermakred paper. Excellent condition, strong impression. This extremely rare broadside celebrates the life of Francesco de Geronimo (1642, 1716), an Italian Jesuit priest who was beatified by the Vatican in 1806; published in Mexico City by Francisco Gordillo, a Spanish born engraver who is best known as the Chief Assayer of the Mexico City mint. A fine frontal portrait of Francesco de Geronimo in his vestments of ominates the broadside with Gordillo's imprint appearing near the bottom of the platemark. The detailed letterpress text below recounts aspects of the priest's life and accomplishments. While Francesco de Geronimo never stepped foot in the Americas, his tireless and selfless life of work assisting destitute people in Southern Italy was well known in Mexico. Like virtually all Mexican colonial broadsides, which tended to have been published in only very small print runs, the present issue of Gordillo's work is extremely rare. The creator of the present broadside, Francisco Gordillo (fl. 1770, 1830), is best known for his numismatic work, as an engraver and assayer. His engravings of print on paper were something of boutique sideshow, ensuring that they are particularly rare. Francesco de Geronimo was born in 1742 in Grottaglie (Apulia). In 1758, he entered the Jesuit College at Taranto and studied canon law at the college of Gesu` Vecchio in Naples. Geronimo was ordained a priest in 1666 and for the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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