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[Art; First Mexican entirely engraved book] Montes de Oca, Jose Maria
Vida de San Felipe de Jesus Protomartir del Japon y Patron de su patria México
1801. Montes de Oca. Complete suite of 31 engravings including engraved title, (210 x 145 mm). Unbound. Scattered light foxing but overall in excellent condition, mostly uncut. [and] 1802. Mexico. Oficina Madrileña de la Calle de Sto. Domingo. 4to. Engraved frontispiece, 71 pp., engraving of the Saint. Contemporary calf, spine flat, discretely tooled in gilt. Excellent condition, fresh and clean.- First work: First edition, one of the earliest entirely engraved Mexican books, very rare to found complete with the suite of 31 plates, including one in sanguine. Copies usually contain 29 or 30 plates, finding it complete with the maximum complement of plates is unusual. Although no order is given in the plates, 14 refer to his life until his landing in Japan, 8 reference his time in Japan, and the last 7 events after his death. The suite represents the life of San Felipe de Jesus (1572-1597), born in Mexico City, he studied to become a Priest, but found himself lacking the necessary vocation and left the Order for a career in commerce in the East Indies; he later changed his mind, and returned to Mexico to be ordained as a Priest. In the journey back, a storm forced the ship to make land in Japan, the Priests were originally well received, but later crucified at Nagasaki. San Felipe was canonized in 1862, which is highly unusual, as he did not enter the priesthood. The suite of plates was created by Jose Maria Montes de Oca (active 1788-1820), he attended the Academia de San Carlos and became was of the most relevant Mexican artists, engraver and book illustrator. He collaborat … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
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