Nueva York: Imprenta de S.W. Benedict, 1854. 78pp. plus portrait frontispiece, errata slip laid in; 8pp. additional article on the Archbishop bound in at end. Contemporary green morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt. Spine rubbed, corners worn and bumped. Lightly foxed, a few leaves unevenly toned. Very good. Item #4150
A scarce Spanish-language imprint from New York containing the biography of "the most eminent man who honored all of Spanish America with his eminent virtues," Dr. Manuel Jose de Mosquera, the Archbishop of Bogota. Manuel was born in Colombia in 1800 and ordained a Catholic priest in 1823. He was elected Archbishop of Bogota in 1834. He was later exiled and spent the last part of his life in France. On his way to France, Manuel spent a couple of months in New York, where he visited his brother and attended the dedication of a new cathedral in Albany, among other activities. He died in France about a year later. The second work bound here is titled Muerte del Arzobispo de Bogota, and was written by Felix Frias; his dateline at the conclusion of the work is signed in print on December 12, 1853. As such this second work was published in either late 1853 or more likely early 1854, by Gratiot in Paris. We were able to confirm ten total copies of the first work through OCLC, at Fordham, NYPL, SUNY Buffalo, the University of Southern California, Duke, Boston Athenaeum, Indiana University, two in Chile, and one in the UK.