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Cantos rodados

Finisterre, Alejandro

Published by Ediciones Gaita y Mehir N.D., Roma
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Tall, large quarto in off-white paper wraps; approx 75 pp. (un-numbered), b/w illus throughout, some flaid in, some full-page. In Spanish. Very scarce presumed first edition of this poetical work which was re-published in 1992. Nop copies located in WorldCat. "Alexandre Campos Ramírez (May 6, 1919 - February 9, 2007) (known as Alexandre de Fisterra) was a poet, inventor (possibly of table football among other things) and editor. He was born in Fisterra (Galicia) in 1919. When his father's shoemaking business failed, the director of his school made Finisterre pay his tuition by correcting the homework of lower grades. Later he became a construction worker and worked in a print shop. Finisterre was injured during fascist bombings of Madrid in the Spanish civil war. In hospital he saw many children injured and unable to play football. This was his inspiration for foosball, which was born from the concept of table tennis. Alejandro credits his friend Francisco Javier Altuna, a Basque carpenter, for making the first foosball game following Finisterre's directions. Although the invention was patented in 1937, Finisterre had to escape to France from the fascist coup d'état, and he lost the patent papers in a storm. After he allegedly invented foosball (Lucien Rosengart claims to have done so as well) he fled Francisco Franco's Spain to Latin America. His leftish ideology, however, would lead him to problems in Guatemala, where he was kidnapped when Carlos Castillo Armas took over the country, and he was sent by airplane to Madrid. During that flight Alejandro threatened the pilot by telling him that he had explosives (one of the first aircraft hijackings).Later in Mexico, he became an editor. He died in Zamora on the February 9, 2007." -- Wikipedia. Wraps amply spotted and soiled; reading crease to spine; small closed fold cracks to spine head and foot; title page lacking (appears to have been neatly removed due to inscription), with its adjacent pages neatly re-glued. Hand correction in green ink to a single line on one page, presumably by the author. Overall Good+ . First edition (presumed; no earlier dates stated). Bookseller Inventory # 16695

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Title: Cantos rodados

Publisher: Ediciones Gaita y Mehir N.D., Roma

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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