Backal Collection and Library Auction

Includes Old Books and Documents on World and Mexican History, Literature, Religion, Engravings, & Manuscripts
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Morton Subastas’s Department of Books and Documents is pleased to invite you to attend its upcoming Backal Collection and Library Auction. This event will feature a collection of great importance on World and Mexican History, Religion, Science, and Literature. Painstakingly put together by its owner, the collection features a large number of books, pamphlets, manuscripts, printed documents, engravings, executive orders, and choral books from around the world. Many of these items are unique and exceedingly rare, which is why we’re proud to offer the opportunity to buyers and collectors from around the globe to become acquainted with our digital catalog and to participate online or in person on March 17th, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

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Date: Tuesday March 17th, 2020, 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Salón Cerro de Mayka
Cerro de Mayka 115 esq. Sierra Paracaima
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
11000 Miguel Hidalgo
Mexico City

Phone Number: +52 (55) 5283 3140



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The auction will be divided into sections where unique lots will be featured:

Of high importance to the world of Science, as well as the study of Botany, Zoology, and Medicine, an important lot is the first edition of “Historia Natvrae, Maxime Peregrinae, Libris XVI Distincta”, written by Juan Eusebio Nieremberg and published in 1635.

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Also featured is an executive order, “Título de Conde de Valenciana, a favor de Don Antonio de Obregón y Alcocer, para sus Hijos, Descendientes y Succesores”, signed by King Charles III, a priceless, illustrated manuscript made on vellum.

Another featured lot is the Monumentos del Arte Mexicano Antiguo. Ornamentación, Mitología, Tributos y Monumentos”, written by Antonio Peñafiel in 1888 and published in 1890. Working together with renowned artists such as José María Velasco, Peñafiel offers us a stunning work of high importance to the study of Mexican culture and its traditions.

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In the 18th century, one of the most important journeys of exploration was undertaken in the Strait of Magellan. A rare book, the Relación del Último Viage al Estrecho de Magallanes de la Fragata de S. M. Santa María de la Cabeza en los años de 1785 y 1786”, was written by José de Ortega Vargas Ponce and published in Madrid in 1788. This book is highly important because of its affirmation that Patagons were in fact not giants, as was previously believed.

At Morton Subastas, we are proud to be able to offer you the unique opportunity of participating in an auction of such high importance, and we’d like to invite you to view our online catalog where you will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the lots that will be included in this auction, as well as joining us on March 17th, 2020, at 5 p.m. either online or in our auction room, Cerro de Mayka 115, Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico City.