CARTILLA Cartilla para mostrar a leer y las cosas que conviene saber a qualquier fiel christiano
Lot 25
CARTILLA Cartilla para mostrar a leer y las cosas que conviene saber a qualquier fiel christiano
Sold for £30,000 (US$ 49,779) inc. premium
Lot Details
CARTILLA
Cartilla para mostrar a leer y las cosas que conviene saber a qualquier fiel christiano, comprising a single quire of 8 leaves, a1 with a large woodcut of a teacher correcting pupils' writing, woodcut initials (one of Saint George and the dragon), a7v with 12 small woodcut portraits of the Apostles, some light spotting and soiling, untrimmed and stitched into a fragment of a contemporary vellum manuscript (half cut away), the lower cover with musical notation, square 8vo, no place, [c.1520?]

Footnotes

  • A SEEMINGLY UNRECORDED VERSION. The Cartilla was a popular genre in sixteenth century Spain, its double aim being to teach children to read, whilst at the same time instructing them in the principles of the Christian faith. The best known editions are those printed in Valladolid, with the Royal privilege granted from 1583 onwards. Typically, the present version begins with an alphabet, preceded by the Maltese-style cross which symbolizes Christ. Cervantes would certainly have known the Cartillas, although Sancho Panza, even in his capacity as Governor, never got beyond the Cross at the beginning and remained unable to read the alphabet.
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