BENAVENTE Y BENAVIDES, Christóbal (fl. 1627-1645). Advertencias para reyes, principes, y embaxadores. Madrid: Juan de Noort for Francisco Martinez, 1643. 4° (200 x 141mm). Engraved title and portrait of Prince Balthasar Carlos by Juan de Noort, double fillet borders, woodcut initials. (Two preliminary leaves with closed tears, a few other closed tears affecting text, heavy washing to final leaf of text, without final blank.) Maroon morocco by Brugalla, 1946, gilt supralibros, gilt turn-ins and edges. Provenance: bought from Librería Puvill, 1946, then rebound. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION of this manual of princely education dedicated to the ill-fated Balthasar Carlos, son of Felipe IV and Isabel de Borbón. The author was Felipe IV's ambassador to Venice and France. Goldsmith B-139; Palau II, 27141.
GRACIÁN DANTISCO, Lucas (1543-1587). Galateo español. De lo
que se deve hazer, y guardar en la comun conversacion para ser bien
quisto y amado de las gentes. Barcelona: Sebastian de Cormellas,
1616. 12° (140 x 59mm). A-K12. Title with woodcut figure, woodcut initials. (A3-4 cropped at outer margin, C1 torn and repaired with loss to 4 lines of text, C12 repaired with slight loss of letters on verso, several marginal repairs to D1, E1 with closed tear through 6 lines slightly afffecting letters, I1-2 with outer margin restored, other small repairs.) Red morocco gilt by Brugalla, 1945. Provenance: bought from José Porter, 1941. RARE EARLY EDITION of this popular manual of courtly conduct. Based on the work of Giovanni della Casa, it was read by Cervantes and reached 26 editions by the end of the 18th century. Palau VI, 106761; not in Goldsmith. (2)