This exhibit coincides with the Library’s Eighth Annual Open House and Book Sale, held on September 21, 2012.
2011-12 was a banner year for acquisitions for the Latin American Library. A selection of noteworthy titles is featured in the exhibit. We added a number of rare imprints relating to Colonial and early Republican Spanish American history and culture. Among these are the 1704 Foppens edition of Antonio de Solís’ Historia de la conquista de México; Dionisio de Alcedo y Herrera’s Compendio histórico de la provincia, partidos, ciudades, astilleros, ríos y puerto de Guayaquil (1741); José Vicente del Olmo’s Nueva descripción del orbe de la tierra (1681); E. E. Vidal’s lavishly illustratedPicturesque Illustrations of Buenos Ayres and Monte Video (1820); a pristine copy of Sor María de Jesús de Agreda’s Mystica ciudad de Dios (1722) with 75 hand-colored engravings; an early Republican printing of Colombian patriot Camilo Torres’ Memorial de Agravios (1832) and other notable titles.
Trips to Bogotá, Oaxaca, Mérida (Yucatán), and Buenos Aires this past year also allowed us to greatly enhance our holdings. Of particular note is a substantial collection of art gallery pamphlets, vintage tourism brochures, and other printed ephemera acquired in Buenos Aires last spring. The Library also added several new collections of photographs from major photographers such as Cruces y Campa and Cervantes. We also acquired limited edition sets of photographs and other titles from Libros de San Cristóbal, a fine book press and atelier in Antigua, Guatemala that produces exquisitely crafted printed works. Examples of these new additions to the LAL Image Archive are displayed in the main gallery entrance and along the long gallery wall.
The Library substantially enhanced its historic collections on indigenous Mesoamerican languages, history and cultures with the addition of 168 books, many of them rare German and Northern European imprints not previously held at Tulane, from the library of Houston-based Mayanist collector, the late Peter K. Lehnert. A selection is in the exhibit case at the right of the entrance to the Library.
At the Open House, visit the Seminar Room at the far end of the gallery to see exhibits and live images as we debut two new digital image collections: Early Images of Latin America and Mexican Incunabula (1559-1600). Also visit our New and Noteworthy display at the entrance to the Library for exciting news about our circulating collections.
This event was made possible through a generous endowment from
the Zemurray Foundation to the Latin American Library
in memory of Doris Zemurray Stone.