The text is in double-column format below a large copper engraving that is renowned asone 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 también señalar que, entre la muy escasa producción de estampas satíricas que circularon durante la época, hay al menos otras tres que salieron de la imprenta de Valdés” andthis 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 locateone copy in the U.S., one in Britain, and one in Spain.
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. (34578)
Vol. I opens with a copper-engraved dedication to the king; vol. III closes with a list of subscribers.
Complete sets in good condition are not commonly found on the market.
Herbert 369; NSTC 2B26321. Original boards (signed binding: each front pastedown with small ticket of G. Peck, bookbinder), newly rebacked in the style of the era with tan paper spines in mottled tones bearing new printed paper labels; corners and edges rubbed, sides showing moderate wear. Each front pastedown with early inked numeral. Page edges untrimmed; pages lightly age-toned, with intermittent spotting. A very good set. (25087)
Not in Brown, Culinary Americana. Front wrapper says “Mother's Club,” but all online references to the organization give either “Mothers' Club” or “Mothers Club.”. In original hand-inked wrappers, on original plastic rings; wrapper design faded, edges worn with short tears. Pages clean, unmarked, and unstained. A surely uncommon if not now unique item, with no holdings discoverable. (38138)
Provenance: Front fly-leaf with decoratively flourished inked inscription: “Jn. M. Davis 1799"; title-page inscribed “Jn. Maynard Davis.” Davis, a maritime insurance expert, was one of the founders of the South Carolina Insurance Company; he is thought to have been the first independent insurance agent in America. His particular focus is noted by the sole obvious mark of emphasis here, which points towards a paragraph of the section on wrecks. Grimke (1752–1819) and Davis (professionally active in 1783 and alive through at least 1822) were both South Carolinian Freemasons during the same time period, though from rival lodges; the former was Grand Master of the Free and Accepted Masons, while the latter was Senior Grand Warden of the Ancient York Masons.
ESTC W37120; Evans 30519; Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law, 8466. Contemporary mottled sheep, covers framed in blind beaded roll, spine with gilt-stamped black leather title-label; moderately rubbed and scuffed overall, spine leather and label with cracks. Pages much foxed and darkened; one leaf with chip out of upper margin; inscriptions and one early inked marginal emphasis mark as above; back fly-leaf with legal term pencilled (“Amerciament”) in an early hand. An important work of early U.S. law, with happy provenance. (36771)
Binding: 19th-century red roan in imitation of morocco, best described (at length) by Tepper: “Saturated with gold, the complex design consists of a system of strapwork borders, oak leaf garlands, and finely structured borders surrounding five separate panels of religious and biblical scenes. Framed with rounded strapwork, the four smaller panels depict Noah's Ark, the lion and the lamb, and two Christian female figures, while the larger central panel features Lazarus and Christ and a retinue of of historical figures. This is to say nothing of the elaborately detailed spine decoration, which has separate strapwork panels for the title, a biblical scene, and the date of the publication. This is possibly the most ornately decorated book in the entire collection” (emphasis ours). The back cover has the frame in blind surrounding a gilt stamp of two cherubs and doves on an archway with the word “love” at bottom, floral decorations around the edge, and a three part wreath reading “F.L.T.” (Friendship, Love, Truth) with a different letter in each wreath.
Evidence of Readership: A previous reader has left a bookmark-sized section of sky blue silk and a clipping of the start of a moral tale titled “The Hidden Snare” tucked within the text; alas, the end is missing!
Faxon, Literary Annuals and Gift Books, 610; Tepper, American Gift Books & Literary Annuals. (Second edition), p. 164; Thompson, American Literary Annuals & Gift Books, p. 144. Bound as above; somewhat rubbed with some loss of leather, spine ends pulling, joints and hinges starting to open, faint glue action to endpapers. Light to moderate age-toning with the occasional spot or small stain, plates remarkably unfoxed but with a few other spots; presentation leaf loosely attached at bottom. Reader evidence as above. A much nicer object than this necessary recital of faults may suggest. (38210)
Binding: Contemporary treed calf; spines with gilt-stamped decorative bands and compartment devices, and with gilt-stamped leather title and volume labels. Edges gilt-rolled. All page edges stained yellow.
Bindings a little rubbed over joints and extremities, with a few instances of pinhole-type worming to back cover of vol. I; upper and outer edges dust-soiled. Some instances of light foxing. An attractive set. (11404)
Upchurch's account of his life and accomplishments includes descriptions of the founding of various lodges and the establishment of their rules, his observations on visiting chapters in California and a number of other states, and (in passing) the poor living conditions in San Francisco's Chinatown; it is illustrated with portraits of the author, depictions of lodge charters and regalia, and other memorabilia. Poems and eulogies were added by Samuel Booth, the editor, who also did his best to shape the plain-spoken Upchurch's thoughts into publishable form while not making any attempt at literary polish.
Binding: Publisher's roan, front cover with decorative gilt-stamped frame and gilt-stamped facsimile of Upchurch's signature ("Fraternally yours"), back cover stamped in blind. All edges gilt.
This is the original first edition, not a modern reprint. Actual holdings (as opposed to microform or online files) are uncommon in U.S. institutions.
Bound as above; rubbed overall most notably at edges and joints, front joint cracked but holding, spine with paper shelving label. Front pastedown with institutional presentation bookplate, lines unused. Pages faintly age-toned, otherwise clean; one leaf with small edge chip. (29694)