y Gama, Antonio de. Descripcion histórica y cronológica de
las dos piedras que con ocacion del nuevo empedrado que se está formando
en la plaza principal de México se hallaron en ella el año de 1790....
México: Imp. de don Felipe de Zúniga y Ontiveros, 1792. Small 4to.
 ff., 116 pp.,  f., 3 fold. plts
During a campaign of municipal "improvements" in Mexico City in
the late 1780s and early 1790s, the zócalo, or main square, received
a new pavement. During the work of levelling the ground, a major archeological
discovery occurred: Unearthed were both the Tizoc Stone and
the Aztec Calendar stone, or "piedra del sol," which has become an unofficial
symbol of Mexico. This is the first
scholarly publication that described the discovery and attempted to explain
the meaning of the stones.
three exquisite and detailed engravings are the work of Francisco Agüera,
who both drew and engraved the images.
Medina, Mexico, 8204; Palau 135587. Publisher’s
treed sheep (“pasta española”), flat spine, gilt rules
on spine forming spine compartments, flower gilt stamped as center device
in each spine compartment. Fore-edges of plates extend beyond the text block
and are a little curled but certainly not tattered: This is the case in all
copies we have seen. Private ownership stamp excised from title-page. Very
old repairs to back of first plate. Occasional foxing.
In all, a very good
copy of a very important and desirable book.
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