Edited by Gianni Guadalupi. Texts by Giovanni F. Gemelli Careri, Luís González Obregón, Mario Appelius
1992 / 216 PAGES.
Fatiguing tropical languor, the good and bad qualities of viceroys, cross-breed beauties, fierce natives, Baroque processions, silver mines, apparitions of the Virgin Mary in colonial Mexico.
This volume on the history of colonial Mexico offers three different visions of the culture of New Spain. The first is drawn from the collection of volumes Giro intorno al mondo by Giovanni Francesco Gemelli Careri, reproducing the part on New Spain from Acapulco to Veracruz. Instead, in his essays and stories, Luis González Obregón faithfully describes the life and customs of the colonial period in a picturesque and impressionist fashion. The third window is opened by a journalist writing for “Popolo d’Italia”, Mario Appelius, who wrote books on his world travels. The pages on colonial survivals in post-revolutionary Mexico are taken from his L’aquila di Chapultepec (1929).