2062
2062
Kingsborough, Edward King
ANTIQUITIES OF MEXICO: COMPRISING FACSIMILES OF ANCIENT MEXICAN PAINTINGS AND HIEROGLYPHICS... TOGETHER WITH THE MONUMENTS OF NEW SPAIN, BY M. DUPAIX... THE DRAWINGS ON STONE BY A. AGLIO. LONDON: ROBERT HAVELL, COLNAGHI SON & CO., 1831-1848
Estimate
80,000120,000
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2062
Kingsborough, Edward King
ANTIQUITIES OF MEXICO: COMPRISING FACSIMILES OF ANCIENT MEXICAN PAINTINGS AND HIEROGLYPHICS... TOGETHER WITH THE MONUMENTS OF NEW SPAIN, BY M. DUPAIX... THE DRAWINGS ON STONE BY A. AGLIO. LONDON: ROBERT HAVELL, COLNAGHI SON & CO., 1831-1848
Estimate
80,000120,000
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Fine Manuscript and Printed Americana

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Kingsborough, Edward King
ANTIQUITIES OF MEXICO: COMPRISING FACSIMILES OF ANCIENT MEXICAN PAINTINGS AND HIEROGLYPHICS... TOGETHER WITH THE MONUMENTS OF NEW SPAIN, BY M. DUPAIX... THE DRAWINGS ON STONE BY A. AGLIO. LONDON: ROBERT HAVELL, COLNAGHI SON & CO., 1831-1848
9 volumes, folio (14 1/2 x 21 1/4 in.; 368 x 540 mm). 741 plates (volumes I-IV), comprising 587 hand-colored lithographs by Augustine Aglio, 144 uncolored (of which 127 are chalk lithographs on mounted India tissue paper, and one of which is folding), and 10 engraved or aquatint plates, with 2 folding tables in text (volumes V and VI); minor foxing to a few text leaves, generally not affecting plates. Contemporary green half morocco over marbled boards, spines with raised bands in seven compartments, various gilt lettered, marbled endpapers; some rubbing to extremities.
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Literature

Brunet III, 663; Lipperheide Md11; Palau 128006; Sabin 37800

Catalogue Note

First edition. "Kingsborough’s nine-volume set, The Antiquities of Mexico, is, quite simply, stupendous..." (BAS Library)

The story of Kingsborough's fateful attraction to Mexican manuscripts is well known. During his studies at Oxford he became fascinated by one of the Bodleian's manuscripts—in fact, the very one described by Samuel Purchas in 1626 (in Purchas his Pilgrimes, vol. III)—and decided to devote himself to the study of Central American manuscripts and artifacts. With the support of Sir Thomas Phillipps, many of whose manuscripts are described in the Antiquities, he employed the Italian painter Agustine Aglio to scour Europe's greatest libraries and private collections for Mexican manuscripts, which Aglio sketched and later lithographed for publication. Besides Aglio's reproductions of manuscripts in the Bodleian, the Vatican Library, the Borgian Museum, the Imperial Library of Vienna, the Library of the Institute at Bologna, and the royal libraries of Berlin, Dresden, and Budapest, the work includes Dupaix's Monuments of New Spain, taken from Castaneda's original drawings, and descriptions of sculptures and artifacts from several private collections. The text, with sections in Spanish, English, French and Italian, includes Sahagun's Historia General de la Nueva Espana and the chronicles of Tezozomoc and Ixtlilxochitl.

The immense project cost Kingsborough £32,000 and, arguably, his life. In 1837 he died of typhus contracted in prison in Dublin, a few days after being arrested for a debt to a paper manufacturer. His father the Earl of Kingston died only months later. Upon his death, Kingsborough would have stood to inherit an annual estate of £40,000.

The set took 18 years to produce, and the cost of £40,000 was a truly enormous sum in terms of the currency of the time, when a family could live quite well on £500 a year (BAS Library).

Fine Manuscript and Printed Americana

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