New York – Hispanic Society Museum and Library (HSM&L) – the premier institution dedicated to the preservation, study, understanding, display, and enjoyment of the arts and culture of Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking countries and communities – announces significant acquisitions to be presented at the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair ( NYIABF), which took place this spring at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. These additions—including rare prints, bindings, photographs, engravings, and manuscripts—represent a significant addition to the museum’s permanent collection.
“The Hispanic Society Museum & Library has made notable acquisitions at NYIABF that have greatly expanded our collections from prints of Spanish monuments and literature to 19th-century Latin American photographs,” said Patrick Lenaghan, Head of Prints and Photographs at HSM&L. “Each one testifies in its own way to the crucial role that Spain and the Hispanic world have played culturally. A suite of French engravings of the novel Don Quixote shows the reach of Cervantes’ masterpiece, while the rare prints of the Escorial Monastery underscore the monument’s international appeal. Similarly, the photographs from Latin America are a record of the reaction of European visitors to the countries and landmarks they have seen.”
The HSM&L library offers unrivaled resources for researchers interested in the history and cultures of Spain, Portugal and the Americas. The collections of the Department of Manuscripts and Old Prints are among the largest outside of Spain, containing more than 250,000 manuscripts, documents and letters from the 11th to the 20th centuries, and 30,000 books printed before 1830, including about 250 incunabula (books, printed before 1500). In addition to rare books, the Hispanic Society maintains a modern research library on the literature, fine arts, geography, history, and cultures of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines
HSM&L recently announced a tiered collectors membership program following in Archer Huntington’s footsteps. The members of this circle come from all over the world and are passionate about the art, literature, history and culture of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world and peoples. Members enjoy exclusive benefits such as special exhibition openings, behind-the-scenes access to see new acquisitions of rare books and art, and opportunities to connect with curators, collectors, and artists.
As the HSM&L undergoes its most significant renovations to date, these new acquisitions represent a period of growth for the museum as it continues to expand its permanent collections and leadership team in time for a reopening in early 2023.
Representation of the Monasterio de S. Lorenzo el Real del Escorial, Fabrica del Prudentismo Rey Philippo II, Coronada con la Magestuosa obra de la campilla insigne del Pantheon por El Rey Catholicis Philippo IV El Grande. A suite of 12 oversized engravings by Pedro Perret 1569-1598 was purchased from HS Rare Books & Maps
Charles-Antoine Coypel – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. A set of 15 engravings of scenes from Don Quixote, with period coloring. Paris, Surugue, 1723-1727. Acquired from the Librería Bardón
Album of sixty-seven albumen photographs documenting Veracruz Medellin, Tlacotalpan and other places near Veracruz, Mexico : 1863-1864. Purchased from McBride Rare Books
Chilean trip. Two albums with more than 140 photographs document Lieutenant Colonel Leydhecker’s travels, including to Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Jamaica, 1893. Purchased from HS Rare Books & Maps
Martinez Sanchez Calderon, Alonso. Epitome de las historias de la gran casa de Guzmán y de las progenies reales que la procrean. 1638.SL [Madrid]. Two volumes, folio. Manuscript with 26 feather portraits (13 in each volume) and 104 genealogical tables. Purchased from HS Rare Books & Maps
Ruiz Venegas, Bernabe. De institutione Sacramentorum de peccatis, ac Censuris Ecclefiafticis liber unicus triplici …Mexico. Francisco Salbago, 1631. 17th century Mexican Baroque binding. Acquired by Elena Gallego – Rare Books
Calendar Manual, and guide to forasteros in Madrid para el año de MDCCLXVI. Madrid, Antonio Sanz. 1766. 18th Century Spanish Mosaic Binding Acquired from Elena Gallego – Rare Books
Vera Zúñiga and Figueroa, Juan Antonio de, Conde de la Roca. Results of the vida of Don Fernando Alvarez de Toledo tercero duque de Alva … Milan, 1643. 17th century Spanish fan (Abanico) Binding purchased from the Librería Bardón