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Decorated Initials (White Roman initials over landscapes)

Decorated Initials (White Roman initials over landscapes)

Workshops of Antonio Ricardo and Francisco del Canto (but only as printers?)
Decorated Initials (White Roman initials over landscapes)
Woodcut or woodcut printing. Printed in the following works: Confessionario para los curas de indios[.] Lima: Antonio Ricardo, 1585 [Letter E shown here]  — Luis Hieronymo de Ore (1554-1630), Symbolo Catholico Indiano[.] Lima: Antonio Ricardo, 1598 [Letter N (shown here)] — Diego Davalos y Figueroa, Miscelanea Austral. Lima: Antonio Ricardo, 1602 [Letter V, which is a 180° rotation of Letter A, whose horizontal bar has been scraped] Arte y vocabulario en la lengua general del Peru[.] Lima: Francisco del Canto, 1605 [Letter M] — Diego Flores, Preciosa Margarita de la […] Virgen María[.] Lima: Francisco del Canto, 1611 [Letters A, E, V] — Bartholome Lobo Guerrero, Constituciones Synodales[.] Lima: Francisco del Canto, 1614 [Letters E, N] — Ioan de Hevia y Volaño, Labyrintho de comercio terrestre y naval. Lima: Francisco del Canto, 1617 [Letters A, M, V (all shown here)].
Antiguas Imprentas de Antonio Ricardo y Francisco del Canto, LIma, Perú.
Photo Source
Mori 2013a || Mori 2013b. Not reproduced at scale vis-à-vis the images of the impressions in 6201A.
Correspondence Credit
Almerindo Ojeda
Line-by-line similarites between the images of 6201A and 6201B suggest that all of these letters were printed from one and the same set of types. Said types were printed in Seville by Juan Gutiérrez in 1569. Antonio Ricardo was an Italian typographer who worked in Venice, Lyon, Valladolid, and Medina del Campo. In 1570, Ricardo left Europe and traveled to Mexico to become one of the first publishers of the New World. It follows that Ricardo could have acquired our types in Seville —the required point of departure for the Indies— and brought them along in his transatlantic journey. Ricardo could then print these types in Lima, where he relocated in 1580. Ricardo printed these types through 1602. Then the types must have passed on to his successor, Francisco del Canto, who printed them in Lima through his demise ca. 1620.
Archive: 6201A/6201B
Archive: 6201A/6201B
Archive: 6201A/6201B