Hispanic Society Museum and Library Announces Notable Acquisitions


New York – Hispanic Society Museum and Library (HSM&L) – the leading institution dedicated to the preservation, study, understanding, exhibition and enjoyment of the art and cultures of Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries and communities – announces important acquisitions made during the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair (NYIABF), held this spring at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. These additions – which include rare prints, bindings, photographs, engravings and manuscripts – significantly enrich the museum’s permanent collection.

“The Hispanic Society Museum & Library has made notable acquisitions at NYIABF that have significantly enhanced our collections, from prints of Spanish landmarks and literature to 19th-century Latin American photographs,” says Patrick Lenaghan, Head of Prints and photographs at HSM&L. “Each in its own way testifies to the vital role that Spain and the Hispanic world have played culturally. A suite of French engravings from the novel Don Quixote demonstrates the significance of Cervantes’ masterpiece while the rare engravings of the Escorial monastery underline the international fascination of the architectural monument. Similarly, photographs from Latin America bear witness to the reaction of European visitors to the lands and sites they contemplated.

The HSM&L Library offers unrivaled resources for scholars interested in the history and cultures of Spain, Portugal and the Americas. The collections of the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books are among the largest outside Spain, containing more than 250,000 manuscripts, documents and letters dating from the 11th to the 20th century, as well as 30,000 books printed before 1830, including some 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.

Recently, HSM&L announced a tiered Collector’s Circle membership program that follows in the footsteps of Archer Huntington. Coming from all over the world, the members of this circle are passionate about the art, literature, history and culture of the world and the Spanish and Portuguese speaking peoples. Members will receive exclusive benefits such as special exhibition openings, behind-the-scenes experiences to see new acquisitions of rare books and artworks, and opportunities to engage with curators, collectors and artists. .

As HSM&L undergoes its most extensive renovations to date, these new acquisitions represent a period of growth for the museum as it continues to expand its permanent collections and management team in time for an early 2023 reopening.

Highlights include:

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 insignia del Pantheon por El Rey Catholicis Philippo IV El Grande. A suite of 12 oversized prints by Pedro Perret 1569- 1598 has been acquired 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. Acquired from McBride Rare Books

Chilenische Reise. Two albums with over 140 photographs documenting Lt. Col. Leydhecker’s travels including Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Jamaica, among others, 1893. Acquired from HS Rare Books & Maps

Martinez Sanchez Calderon, Alonso. Epítome de las histories de la gran casa de Guzman y de las descendants reales que la procrean. 1638. Sl [Madrid]. Two volumes, folio. Manuscript with 26 pen and ink portraits (13 in each volume) and 104 genealogical tables. Acquired from HS Rare Books & Maps

Ruiz Venegas, Bernabé. De institutione Sacramentorum de peccatis, ac Censuris Ecclefiafticis liber unicus triplici … Mexico. Francisco Salbago, 1631. 17th century Mexican baroque binding. Acquired from Elena Gallego – Rare Books

Kalendario manual, and guía de 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 y Figueroa, Juan Antonio de, Conde de la Roca. Results of the life of Don Fernando Alvarez de Toledo tercero duque de Alva … Milan, 1643. 17th century Spanish fan (abanico) binding acquired from the Librería Bardón


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