- Call number
- MssCol 6129
- Physical description
- .25 linear feet (1 box)
- Preferred Citation
Documents relating to early printing in Peru, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library
- Manuscripts and Archives Division
- Related Material
Forms part of Edward S. and Mary Stillman Harkness collection, ca. 1400-1945.
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Collection of manuscripts (469 numbered leaves and 10 unnumbered leaves) documenting the origins of printing in South America. Documents are primarily legal records concerning the work of printers Antonio Ricardo of Lima, Peru, and his collaborator and successor, Francisco del Canto. Ricardo, a native of Turin, Italy, worked as a printer in Mexico. He emigrated to Lima, Peru in 1581 where he established his press, printing the first book in South America in 1584. Notable documents include Ricardo's contracts with pressmen and bookbinders (1584), as well as the inventory of his printing workshop (folios 173r-178v), sold to del Canto in 1605. Del Canto continued printing until his death in 1618. In Spanish.
Source of acquisition
Donated by Edward S. Harkness, 1933, forming part of the Edward S. and Mary Stillman Harkness Collection
Compiled by Susan P. Waide, 2014
Using the collection
LocationManuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328