Mexico: Ediciones Mexicanas, 1950. First Edition. Thin 4to. 7.125 x 9.5 in. 15 pp., 75 ff. Original green quarter-cloth, titled in black on spine, over plain paper titled in red, grey, & blue; in pictorial dust jacket. Fully illustrated with five glossy color plates, and black & white reproductions, of Mexican votive paintings from the 18th to 20th century. Collected with an introduction by Roberto Montenegro; translated into English by Irene Nicholson. Text in Spanish & English. Very good in very good dust jacket. Top fore-corners lightly bumped, light toning to extremities; dust jacket lightly faded & soiled. Binding square & tight, text clean & bright.
'When transforming the old religion the missionaries followed the tradition adopted from time immemorial by the nobles of Europe: they commissioned from the artists pictures of miracles and included themselves in the pictures standing beside the saint and giving him thanks. Such was the origin of these votive pictures....These popular votive paintings commissioned from artists by the believing are imbued with the characteristics of the miracles they represent, and through their fine plastic feeling they become real masterpieces.' Overall a very nice copy. Uncommon in dust jacket.