Illustrating Mexico one page at a time-Print Art of José Guadalupe Posada

José Guadalupe Posada : Biblioteca del niño Mexicano

The Library of Mexican Children (Biblioteca del Niño Mexicano) was a series of educational booklets devoted to the dissemination of episodes of national history. The Mexican journalist and novelist Heriberto Frías (1870-1925) wrote the stories. In 1900, the Maucci Brothers, a Spanish publisher, commissioned famous Mexican engraver José Guadalupe Posada (1851-1913) Posada to illustrate a series of pamphlets for children on the history of Mexico. The cover illustrations are the only mechanically produced chromolithographs by Posada. The rest of his illustrations were created using the letterpress techniques. The complete original series consisted of 110 brochures that recounted various historical episodes to children, from pre-Hispanic times to the late nineteenth century. The University of Hawaii-Manoa Library has digitized these booklets. One can download these here: These are the part of the collection of Jean Charlot Collection at the University of Hawaii. There are many more scanned images of the booklets of Biblioteca del Niño Mexicano that can be browsed in the images section of this online exhibit. One can search for these images by entering the term-"Biblioteca del Niño Mexicano" in the search box or by clicking here.