11 May Astonishing edition of the Encyclopedia of Diderot and d’Alambert in El Remate
El Remate is an auction house in Madrid specializing in the auction of antique and collector’s books since 2000. Its headquarters are located at 12 Modesto Lafuente Street, and there will be its next auction on May 17. We have their catalog in hand and we are going to tell you about the best lots: they will delight the bibliophiles. Ahead!
We begin with lot 17, Bernardo Espinalt and García, Atlante español o descripción general geográfica, cronológica é histórica de España, por reynos y provincias: de sus ciudades, villas, y lugares más famosos: de su población, ríos, montes: adornado por estampas finas. The collection is practically complete, in the absence of three sheets only, sheets that accompany the description of the most important places that are spoken in the work. This has given us the opportunity to know the aspect presented by Spanish cities in the 18th century. In addition to geographic data, we see artistic data, fables and curiosities of each place. It will be auctioned for € 3,000 (see).
From Francisco de Goya is lot 252, a Bullfighting. Published by El Circulo de Bellas Artes in 1929, it is a sixth edition with 40 etchings made in etching. It is presented in an editorial folder with 34 sheets on laid paper, in etching, aquatint, drypoint and burin, with reddish brown ink stamping. The cover is a portrait of Goya by A. Lobo from an original painting by Vicente López. It will be auctioned for € 3,500 (see).
Regarding lot 280, we can see a work by Diego Rodríguez de Almela, Valerio de las historias escolásticas (sic) de la sagrada ecriptura (sic) y de los echos de España (sic) con las batallas campales: copiladas por Fernán Pérez de Guzmán nuevamente impresso. Printed by Juan Villaquiran in 1520, in Toledo. This edition, the third (previous in 1487 in Murcia and 1511 in Medina del Campo), begins the error of attributing the work to Fernán Pérez de Guzmán, when it corresponds to Diego Rodríguez de Almela in inspiration of Valero Máximo. It will be auctioned for € 3,000 (see).
A good work on the Turkish threat to Europe is Hystoria en la qual se trata de la origen y guerras que han tenido los Turcos desde su comienço hasta nuestros tiempos. Con muy notables sucesos que con diversas ge[n]tes y nasciones les han aco[n]tescido y de las costu[n]bres y vida d[e]llos, Vicente Roca of the year 1556. It is a work in which the campaigns of the Berber pirates on the Levant coast are narrated, mainly the times of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Crusades, Charles V and the Veneto Republic. It will be auctioned for € 4,000 (see).
As for executions, we see lot 364, a Certification of arms for Josef Hernández, a native of Bentrosa and neighbor of Badajoz, in Madrid, from 1806. Heraldic shield, miniatures, … and a family tree folded, with a handwritten signature of its author, Antonio Zazo y Ortega. It will be auctioned for € 1,900 (see).
Lot 382 is a Obra de las epístolas y oraciones de la bienaventurada virgen Santa Catherina de Sena de la orden de los predicadores. Las quales fueron traduzidas d’l toscano en nuestra lengua castellana por mandado del muy Illustre señor el Cardenal despaña. Printed in Alcalá de Henares in 1512, the great majority of preserved specimens do not have any leaves due to losses, and generally also from the cover. On the back of the last page we find attached the cover of a work of which bibliographically there is no real record, which is Don Antonio Archangel de Villafañe huius ingenii scriptor, delineatore insculptor. It will be auctioned for € 3,750 (see).
Albrecht Dürer wrote De sy [m] metria partium in rectis formis hu [m] anorum corporum libri: in Latinum conversi / De varietate figurum et flexuris partium ac gestibus imaginum libri duo, which was published in 1532 and 1534, being in this case a first edition what we found. Dürer based his inquiries on the previous studies of Vitruvius, da Vinci and Alberti, formulating as a result of these his own theories about the proportions of the human body and other ideas of the arts. His main difference with respect to what preceded him was his idea of the diversity of the human being, without wanting to close in an ideal canon without more. It will be auctioned for € 5,000 (see).
There is no lack in an auction worthy of a good edition of the great work of Diderot and D’Alambert, Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Metiers, par une Societé de gens de lettres. This work is the symbol of the movement of the Ilustración, adding in its interior the intentions of the authors and the compilation of the knowledge of the time. He also acted as a political weapon. Diderot and d’Alambert were in charge, at first, the translation of a work, which soon became the generation of a new one, a work of bourgeois, secular and hypercritical bias. It will be auctioned for € 28,000 (see).
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