Varia fortuna del soldado Pindaro.: CÉSPEDES Y MENESES, Gonçalo [or Gonzalo] de. Varia fortuna del soldado Pindaro.: CÉSPEDES Y MENESES, Gonçalo [or Gonzalo] de.

Varia fortuna del soldado Pindaro.

CÉSPEDES Y MENESES, Gonçalo [or Gonzalo] de.

Published by Lisbon, Por Geraldo de la Viña [i.e. Geraldo da Vinha], 626 [i.e. 1626]., 1626
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4°, contemporary limp vellum (worn; 3 of 4 thong ties defective), vertical manuscript short title on spine. Large woodcut vignette on title page. Woodcut and factotum initials. Small typographical vignette at bottom of fourth unnumbered preliminary leaf. Typographical headpiece on leaf 1 recto, Large typographical vignette on verso of final leaf. Dampstains throughout, mostly light, but somewhat darker in a few leaves. Occasional minor soiling. Final quire coming loose. Small irregular piece of about 1 cm. square gone from lower blank margin of title page. Paper flaw or small tear of ca. 6 cm. at bottom blank margin of leaf F2, not affecting text. Despite all these faults, still in good, honest, unsophisticated condition, much better than either of the two copies in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal. Occasional old [contemporary?] ink underlining and notes. Mid-nineteenth-century blue and white paper label pasted on near head of spine with number "747" [a shelf location?] stamped at center. [4], 188 ll. a4, A-Z8, 2A4. Leaf I6 wrongly signed I4. Leaf 25 wrongly numbered 52; 65 wrongly numbered 56; 86 wrongly numbered 73; 87 wrongly numbered 78; 98 wrongly numbered 89; 101 wrongly numbered 103. *** FIRST EDITION of a significant Spanish Golden Age novel. It was published at least four times in the seventeenth century, once in the eighteenth and several times in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The second edition, Lisbon: Vicente Alvarez, 1640, is even rarer than the first. None of the early editions are common.The book is dedicated to Don Manuel Perez de Guzman el Bueno, Duque de Medina Sidonia, etc. The second leaf, with licenses, is in Portuguese. The rest of the book is entirely in Spanish. Gonzalo de Céspedes y Meneses (1585? -1638), a native of Madrid, was a Spanish novelist, poet, historian, and polemicist. Nothing is known for certain of him before the publication of his celebrated romance, the Poema trágico del español Gerardo, y desengaño del amor lascivo (1615-1617), translated into English by Leonard Digges in 1622 as Gerardo the Unfortunate Spaniard. There is evidence that he had been sentenced to eight years in the galleys previous to January 1, 1620, and that the penalty had been commuted, but the nature of his offense is not stated. His treatment of political questions in the Historia apologética en los sucesos del reyno de Aragon, y su ciudad de Zaragoza, años de 91 y 92 (1622), having led to the confiscation of the book, Céspedes took up his residence at Zaragoza and Lisbon. While in exile he issued a collection of six short stories entitled Historias peregrinas y exemplares (1623), the present unfinished romance Varia fortuna del soldado Píndaro (1626), and the first part of his Historia de Felipe IV. (1631), a fulsome eulogy which was rewarded by the author's appointment as official historiographer to the Spanish king. His novels, though written in a ponderous, affected style, display considerable imagination and insight into character. According to Ward, "His achievement was to blend courtly and picaresque elements into a genre which reacted against the more sordid situations then popular in fiction. His best works are the semi-autobiographical . Poema tràgico del español Gerardo . and Varia fortuna del soldado Pindaro ." The Poema trágico was used by John Fletcher in The Spanish Curate and in The Maid of the Mill.Céspedes y Meneses?s unfinished romance Varia fortuna del soldado Pindaro shows the influence of Cervantes. It is a novella picaresca, with Byzantine episodes that are often difficult to believe. It is a classic ?soldadesca,? a genre dedicated to the life of soldiers. The novella is supposedly unfinished, and appropriately ends with (?) at the end of l. 188 recto. This is the same way that Céspedes y Meneses ends chapter XIX, l. 74 recto, which suggests an added element of suspense with the use of this punctuation mark at the end of a chapter. Chapter XXIII also ends in the same fashion, wi. Bookseller Inventory # 41690

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Title: Varia fortuna del soldado Pindaro.

Publisher: Lisbon, Por Geraldo de la Viña [i.e. Geraldo da Vinha], 626 [i.e. 1626].

Publication Date: 1626

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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