TWO EARLY CUBAN BROADSIDES, ADVERTISEMENTS FOR THE TIVOLI COUNTRY FAIR, 1820's.
Habana: Imprenta de D. Antonio Maria Valdes, (1820's). Two broadsides in Spanish, printed in various sizes and styles of type including headers in a bold shadow font. Text enclosed in decorative floral borders. Edges a bit unevenly trimmed, some old repairs to verso of the larger broadside, which also shows old browning and foxing to the paper; old repairs to margins of the smaller broadside, which is otherwise bright.
1) "TIVOLI. / HOY DOMINGO VEINTE Y DOS / SE EJECUTARA, SI EL TIEMPO LO PERMITE, EN DICHO ESTABLECIMIENTO LA FIESTA CAMPESTRE... [followed by 11 lines of text] (Habana: Imprenta de D. Antonio Maria Valdes, [nd]). Black lettering on buff paper, 10 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. Announces the Tivoli country festival to be held on Sunday, the 22nd [no date], featuring traditional games, music, dancing and fireworks, with the addition of "una nueva loteria."
2) "GRAN TIVOLI. / HOY DOMINGO OCHO DE ENERO / SE EJECUTARA, SI EL TIEMPO LO PERMITE, EN DICHO ESTABLECIMIENTO LA FIESTA CAMPESTRE... [followed by 10 lines of text] (Habana: Imprenta de la Universidad y del Comercio, de D. Antonio Maria Valdes, 1824). Black lettering on buff paper, 11 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. Declares that the "Gran Tivoli" festival will be held on Sunday, the 8th of January , offering many of the same features, and especially "vistosos fuegos" [colorful fireworks]. Item #60878
Scarce survivors. The "Tivoli" neighborhood of Santiago de Cuba was founded by early immigrants to the island, perhaps French traders or Italian merchants. According to an article in the Havana Times (10/8/2011), this quarter was founded in the 1700's, and was a lively area of markets and festivals celebrated amidst the colonial-style houses. We have been unable to ascertain if this is the Tivoli represented by these broadsides.
Only 4 listings found on OCLC for the printer Antonio Maria Valdes, all done in Havana between 1820-1823.