Printing in Colonial Spanish America

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Chapter V
PRINTING IN PUEBLA AND CENTRAL AMERICA
IN THE SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH
CENTURIES

The third place in which printing was established in America, and, indeed, the fourth in the Americas (after Mexico, Lima, and Cambridge) was the handsome old city of Puebla de los Angeles. 1 So-called from the pretty tradition that two angels added as much to the walls of the magnificent Doric Cathedral ( 1552-1649) as the workmen completed on the preceding day, Puebla was founded in 1532, became an episcopal see in 1550), and has always been recognized as the second city of Mexico in cultural importance. The origins of printing in Puebla are as obscure and controversial as they are in Mexico City, and Medina has explored the problem fully in his La imprenta en la Puebla de los Angeles (1640-1821).

The legend that a book was printed in Puebla in 1634 dies hard, and it still appears in cheap guide books by chauvinistic angelopolitanos. Until 1943 the first Puebla imprint was considered to be Father Mateo Salcedo's Arco triunfal: emblemas, geroglíficos ypoesías con que la cludad de la Puebla recibio al Virrey de Nueva España, Marques de Villena

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents i
  • Preface ii
  • Illustrations iii
  • Chapter I 1
  • Notes 31
  • Chapter II: The Beginning of Printing in Peru 41
  • Chapter III Printing in the Reducciones of Old Paraguay 51
  • Notes 58
  • Chapter IV the Beginning of Printing in the Rio De La Plata Region 60
  • Notes 73
  • Chapter V Printing in Puebla and Central America in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 78
  • Notes 87
  • Chapter VI the Beginning of Printing in the Viceroyalty of New Granada 91
  • Notes 103
  • Chapter VII the Beginning of Printing in Chile 106
  • Notes 109
  • Chapter VIII the Beginning of Printing in the Spanish Antilles 114
  • Notes 118
  • Personal Name Index 161
  • Short Title Index 167
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