Toros y Deportes (El Universal Taurino) Bound volume of 6 issues: Tomo VII, No. 167; Tomo IX, No. 201; Tomo X, Nos. 213, 215, 228, Tomo XI, No. 234
Bound volume of 6 issues published in 1925-1926: Tomo VII, No. 167; Tomo IX, No. 201; Tomo X, Nos. 213, 215 & 228; Tomo XI, No. 234. Published in Mexico City under the direction of Rafael Solana "Verduguillo" by Miguel Lanz Duret, director of Compañía Periodística Nacional of Mexico. Contributors include Esperanza Arellano, Francisco Javier Pizarro, Paco Froyo, Espiridion Salazar, Alejandro Aguilar; drawings by Manuel Torres (“Manolin”); photography by Fernando Sosa and J. Rafael. Quarto, quarter-calf with pebbled boards, multiple paginations. Each issue bound with original color wraps, 40-50 pages each. Text in Spanish; copiously illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings, and pictorial ads. Issues generally in very good condition, save for a fair No. 213, which has had considerable professional restoration to the upper corners of several pages and large repaired tears. Other issues have occasional restoration of minor damage (shallow closed tears, etc), but all very neatly done and without any loss of text in any of the issues. Binding is Near Fine with a scuff at the spine head; thematic bookplate of James J. Nieto, whose collection of bullfighting books was noted in a 1996 New York Times article about Club Taurino, a group of New York bullfighting aficionados. “In Mexico, the bullfights are seen through the newspapers that describe them.”Originally published weekly as “El Universal Taurino,” the title broadened to “Toros y Deportes” toward the end of 1925, reflecting the publication’s shift to including news on other sports, particularly those closer to home. Boxing became heavily featured, as well as regular coverage of foot ball/soccer, Major League baseball, etc. Each of the issues in this volume are bullfighting features, full of first-hand reports and heart-stopping photographs of the bullfights in Spain, profiles of distinguished toreros and articles reverently asserting the inherent valor of the sport–it’s easy to understand how Hemingway became entranced. Targeted mostly toward men and appealing to (or perhaps defining) the “macho” aesthetic, (see articles like, “Why boxing isn’t for girls,” ads by brands like Gilette, Camel and Corona, and quack remedies for hair loss and gonorrhea); a nevertheless elegant and publication that embodies the violent and beautiful nuances of with beautiful color illustrated covers, stunning photographs and great period advertising.