Soneto. ¿Quien Sino Tu, Dulcisima Maria... [caption title and first line of text]
[Mexico: ca. 1825]. Small broadside, approximately 8x6 inches. Light, even tanning and mild dust soiling. Minor loss at upper right corner, not affecting text. Untrimmed. Very good. Item #2504
Attractive, illustrated verse broadside that praises the Virgin of Guadalupe for delivering independence to the Mexican people. Printed within a woodcut border on the sheet are a woodcut of the Virgin and a sonnet, whose initial stanza reads, " Quíen sino tú, dulcísima María, / Libró con mano fuerte al Mexícano / del acero feróz de su Paisano, / Qué cual á un estrangero lo veía?" The Virgin of Guadalupe became associated with the cause of Mexican independence following the use of her image on the banners of the insurgent army raised by Father Miguel Hidalgo in 1810. An interesting confluence of Mexican verse, revolutionary sentiment, and popular piety, with only a small handful of copies in OCLC.