1st New World Medical Book published Mexico City, 1570.

by Michael J. North
Just over thirty years after the first printing press arrived in the New World from Spain, the first medical book was printed in Mexico City: Francisco Bravo’s Opera Medicinalia, published by Pedro Ocharte in 1570.
While it is well within NLM’s mission to collect, preserve and give the world access to such a book, there is only one known copy of it, housed in La Biblioteca José María Lafragua at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Mexico and we are all extremely fortunate that this sole copy has been digitized by the Primeros Libros project.
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Decorative title page with Latin text presented with classical architectural features, dated 1549. Photography: Iván Pérez Pineda
The National Library of Medicine does have a copy of the text, however, in the form of a photostatic copy made in 1944.
Long before the age of digitization, the only ways to make rare texts available at other libraries were by copying them by hand, reprinting them, microfilming, or making photocopies, all of which are extremely time-consuming and expensive for entire books.
This copy was made from a photostatic copy at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, which in turn was made from a photostatic copy at the New York Public Library.
The copy in New York is described as a “facsimile reproduction of the original at the Library at the Universidad de Puebla, Mexico” where the only original copy is held.
via The First Medical Book Printed in the New World | Circulating Now.

Isaac Cordal’s Mini Cement Skeletons.

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Artist Isaac Cordal (previously) is well-known for his creation and placement of miniature cement figures in public places around the world as part of an ongoing series called Cement Eclipses.
While the meaning behind each tiny sculpture is intentionally ambiguous, it’s impossible to look at each piece without imagining a story.
The pieces often appear in scenes of mourning or despair, as part of what Cordal says is commentary on humankind’s disregard for nature and as foreshadowing of potential consequences. From his artist statement:
Isaac Cordal is sympathetic toward his little people and you can empathize with their situations, their leisure time, their waiting for buses and even their more tragic moments such as accidental death, suicide or family funerals.
The sculptures can be found in gutters, on top of buildings, on top of bus shelters; in many unusual and unlikely places.
These new skeletal works are part of a 2013 series he created in Chiapas, Mexico, and he also had work this summer at ArtScape 2014 in Sweden. You can see more over on Facebook. (via Supersonic).

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See more Images via Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico | Colossal.

The Wild Axolotl is under Threat

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(Stephen Dalton/Minden Pictures/Corbis)
If you wanted to see a wild axolotl, you may be out of luck.
The happy-faced amphibian has long been in a tough spot, because its only native habitat is the muddy network of lakes and canals around Mexico City, which has been threatened by pollution, urban sprawl and competition from invasive species.
The animals’ numbers had been declining for years, and in January, Mexican researchers told the Guardian newspaper that after four months of searching, they could find no axolotls in the wild.
The searches will be repeated before the species is declared extinct in the wild—but from now on, you may not be able to smile back at an axolotl unless you find it in a fish tank or aquarium.
via Ten Cool Science Stories You May Have Missed in 2014 | Science | Smithsonian.

‘The Power of Nature’, Colima.

The votes for the National Geographic 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year contest are in.
The prestigious grand prize went to Sergio Tapiro Velasco of Mexico for his hauntingly captivating image of a lightning strike, shooting from a volcano’s ash cloud.
Velasco’s picture grabbed first place in the nature category as well.
More info: nationalgeographic.com
Pictured Below: Grand Prize Winner: The Power Of Nature, Rancho De Aguirre, Colima, Mexico

Source: 21 Best Travel Photos Of 2017 Were Just Announced By National Geographic, And They’re Amazing | Bored Panda

A Photo Trip to the Yucatán Peninsula,

The Yucatán is a 70,000-square-mile peninsula in southern Mexico, rich with history and life. Its beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean have become huge tourist draws, while inland, Maya archaeological sites are still being discovered, some dating back to the fifth century A.D.
The underlying landscape is almost entirely made of limestone, and is punctuated by caverns and occasional sinkholes that have filled with water, called cenotes, sought out by swimmers and cave divers.
Gathered below, a handful of images of Mexico’s Yucatán, from jungle pyramids to peaceful beaches and more.
The pyramid here stands 148 feet (45 meters) high, and is one of the largest known Maya structures remaining. # Iren Key / Shutterstock
Source: A Photo Trip to the Yucatán Peninsula – The Atlantic

Spaik and Libre, Mexico City.

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Spaik and Libre collaboration in Mexico City (photo: Jose Hernandez).
A collaboration between two Gen Y Mexican muralists went up this month for college age festival goers at an electronic dance event in Mexico City that features multiple DJs, carnival rides, laser light shows, and neon accessories.
Here are some shots of the massive wall by Spaik and Libre.
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Spaik and Libre collaboration in Mexico City (photo: Jose Hernandez)
See more via Spaik and Libre Collabo Mural in Mexico City – Brooklyn Street Art.