In 1939 a set of
three stamps commemorating the 400th anniversary of printing in Mexico
issued by Mexico featured the earliest materials printed in the New
World. The low value shows the first engraving made in Mexico, "Our
Lady gives the Scapulary to St. Idelfons," printed in 1544.
In 1563 the Mexican
edition of Cedulario de Purga, believed to be the first law
book published in America, was printed. The middle value of the set
features that publication.
The high value features
the oldest printed document in Mexico, and, in fact, in the New World,
Breve y enjundiosa doctrina Christiana en lingua Mexican y
castellana, a catechism written by Juan Zamarraga (1468-1548), the
Bishop of Mexico City, and printed on the first printing press in the
New World, shipped to Mexico City by Juan Cromberger of Seville in