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Gran Logia Nacion Mexicana, y pira de los Yorkinos.


Published by Oficina del C. Alejandro Valdes ca. 1831], [colophon: Mexico, 1831
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Satirical pamphlet concerning the loss of political influence of the Yorkino (Yorquino) branch of Masonry in Mexico and the ascendancy of the Scottish branch ? and concomitantly of Gen. Santa Anna. The text is in double-column format below a large copper engraving that is renowned as => one of the earliest politico-satirical "cartoons" created and printed in Mexico. Unsigned, this is entitled "El Torrente Flegueton" and features skeletons, bats, a demon, harpies, etc. The text supposedly describes the elaborate final funeral pyre that the Yorkinos constructed in the shape of a Solomonic temple with statues, each element of which is explained poetically via either an "oda," romancillo, "decima, or "anacreontica." On the scarcity of early Mexican politico-satirical engravings and woodcuts, Helia Bonilla writes, "Interesa tambi?n se?alar que, entre la muy escasa producci?n de estampas sat?ricas que circularon durante la ?poca, hay al menos otras tres que salieron de la imprenta de Vald?s" and => this is one of those three. As to the date of printing, the Sutro library assigns [1832?], the British Library [1834?], and several Mexican scholars opt for ca. 1828. 1834 is impossible as Valdes died in 1832. We suspect the date to be 1830 to 1832. Searches of NUC, WorldCat, COPAC, CCPB, and the OPACs of the Mexican National Library and CONDUMEX locate one copy in the U.S., one in Britain, and one in Spain. Folio (31.5 cm; 12.25"). 4 pp. Sutro 657. On early Mexican politico-satirical cartoons, see: Helia Bonilla, "Las indagatorias en torno a una caricatura denunciadad en 1829" in Anales del Instituto de Investigaciones Esteticas, 88 (2006), 213?38; and Luis Alberto de la Garza, "Hombres de bien, demogogas y revolucion social en la Primera Republica" in Historias, 15 (1986), 43?54. Folded as issued, apparently never sewn or bound in a volume; old repairs to fore- and upper inner margins not touching text or image. Eight pin-type wormholes in margins and and text, costing nine letters but certainly not impairing ability to read and understand; some age-toning, soiling, and scattered bug-spotting. Overall, a rather good copy of an uncommon and important item. Bookseller Inventory # 34578

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Title: Gran Logia Nacion Mexicana, y pira de los ...

Publisher: Oficina del C. Alejandro Valdes ca. 1831], [colophon: Mexico

Publication Date: 1831

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