Poetry and Romances of Spain: Bowring, John Poetry and Romances of Spain: Bowring, John Poetry and Romances of Spain: Bowring, John Poetry and Romances of Spain: Bowring, John

Poetry and Romances of Spain

Bowring, John

Published by Taylor and Hessey, London, 1824
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BOWRING, Sir John. Ancient Poetry and Romances of Spain, London, for Taylor and Hessey, 1824., 1824. 8vo, pp. xvi, 328 pages, A good copy in 19th century red half morocco, Spine gilt with letters clear and bright, covers slightly rubbed. Front and back inside covers yellowed, but inside pages unmarked and unfaded. First edition. Bowring had long had a soft spot for Spain (¿I love Spain as a country, and Spaniards as a people. In other lands I single out special objects for my regard in Spain, my affections pervade and cling to the whole population¿, London Magazine, 1823, quoted in Hitchcock). He first went there in 1813, aged 21, on business, and his first writings, beginning with ¿Some Account of the State of the Prisons in Spain and Portugal¿ (Pamphleteer, 1813), are all about the Peninsula. Bowring was an early translator of traditional Spanish romances. ¿The popular poetry of Spain is especially interesting, because it is truly national. Its influence has, perhaps, served more than any other circumstance to preserve, from age to age, the peculiar characteristics of the Spanish nation. Their language, their habitual thoughts and feelings, their very existence, have all borrowed the hues of their romantic songs¿ (p. vi). A lovely collector's copy. Bookseller Inventory # 000132

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Title: Poetry and Romances of Spain

Publisher: Taylor and Hessey, London

Publication Date: 1824

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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