1619 Primera y Segunda Parte de Guzman de Alfarache
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In the original Spanish.
'Guzman de Alfarache' was published in two parts, the first part in Madrid in 1599 and the second in Lisbon in 1604. This is the first edition published with both parts as one.
This novel follows the adventures of a young rogue and is told from an autobiographical standpoint. The adult narrator looks back on his youthful years and picaresque adventures and moralizes on the childish excesses. Parallels have been drawn to other contemporary picaresque novels such as 'Lazarillo de Thomas'.
With the signatures: *12, A-P8, Q2, jj8, A-T8, V10.
The catchwords to *6-9, *11-12 are obscured due to the way the leaves have been torn from the work.
With a separate title page, register and pagination to second part.
An English edition of this work was not published until 1622. This was a highly popular work, and subsequently translated into many languages.
In a contemporary vellum binding. Externally, very smart. Light marks to the boards and spine. Loss to the spine label. Internally, the title page and a further 11 of the preliminary leaves are detached but present. Chips to the extremities of the detached leaves and some loss to the catch-words. A1 is also detached but present, with a tear to the leaf. Otherwise, this work is firmly bound. Occasional worm tracks to pages, heaviest to 2S-2V gatherings. Closely cropped to the head of V9. Pages are very bright with just the occasional light spots to pages.
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