Pamphlet Cover by Mexican Master Printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, Secretos de Naturaleza (Secrets of Nature), c. 1880

Pamphlet Cover by Mexican Master Printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, Secretos de Naturaleza (Secrets of Nature), c. 1880

150.00

Photo-relief and letterpress on tan paper, Bichrome

This two-color pamphlet cover from around 1880 sports an illustration by legendary Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada. This little booklet, entitled “Secrets of Nature,” was published at as part of the golden period of Posada’s collaboration with publisher Antonio Vanegas Arroyo. It contained songs, poems, games and magic tricks and was sold at newsstands. The cover image shows an alchemist at work in his laboratory. His fantastic robe has magical patterns, divination cards, planets and sacred animals. As he is busy cooking some magical potions, he doesn’t see that two homonculi are escaping his attention.

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