9 June 2004
ERCILLA Y ZUNIGA, Alonso de (1533-1594). La Araucana. Madrid: Francisco Martinez Abad, 1733-35.
2 parts in one volume, 2o (299 x 207 mm). Title-pages printed in red and black. (Some pale dampstaining and soiling.) Contemporary vellum (a bit soiled). Provenance: Ricardo Olivera (inkstamps on several text leaves).
Later edition of one of the great heroic poems of Spain, ranked by Voltaire with the work of Virgil, Tasso and Camoens. It is a historical record of the endeavors of the Spanish to subjugate Chile, whose independence they were forced to recognize in 1773. Alden and Landis 733/86; Palau 80424; Sabin 22729.
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