This exhibit coincides with the Library’s Tenth Annual Open House and Book Sale, held on October 17, 2014.
2013-2014 was a banner year for acquisitions for the Latin American Library. A selection of some of the more noteworthy items is featured in the exhibit. Among the highlights are: An anonymous, unpublished manuscript on herbal medicine from Nuevo Reino de Granada (Colombia), from 1717; an album of 52 original photographs of Cartagena de Indias c. 1900, a period for which photographs of the city are scarce; a rare manual on how to administer the sacraments to Amerindians by noted Nahuatl Franciscan scholar Agustín de Vetancurt Manual para administrar los santos sacramentos (Mexico, 1674); a life of Mariana de Jesús of Ecuador leading to her beatification (Madrid, 1754); complete runs of two lavishly illustrated periodicals of political satire and cartoons Don Circunstancias (La Habana 1879-84) and Antón Perulero (Buenos Aires 1875-76); an exquisite album of photographs of Mexico by noted Franco-Mexican photographer Abel Briquet (c. 1880); another photo album from the estate of renowned French cellist Lucienne Radisse on tour in New Orleans, Mexico and Cuba, February-March 1934; over 60 missionary postcards from various parts of Latin America, dating from the early to mid-twentieth century; hundreds of press photographs documenting political figures, social movements and other events. There is much more.
To commemorate the death of Nobel-prize winning author Gabriel García Márquez, one of the great literary writers of the twentieth century, the Library purchased a limited edition fine press book of one of the Colombian author’s stories from the 1950s, En este pueblo no hay ladrones, on display at the exhibit. This letterpress edition was produced by fine arts press Arte Dos Gráfico in Bogotá, Colombia. The edition is illustrated with exquisite and powerful engravings by noted Colombian artist Saturnino Ramírez featured on the main gallery walls at the entrance of the Library.
It is thanks to the generosity of our donors that the LAL can provide funds and support librarian travel to acquire this material that continuously enriches our collections.
A complete list of all rare acquisitions for 2013-2014 is available at the Open House.