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The Spanish Libertines:

Or the Lives of Justina, The Country Jilt; Celestina, The Bawd of Madrid; and Estevanillo Gonzales, the most comical of Scoundrels.

To which is added a play call'd An Evening's Adventure

All four written by eminent Spanish authors, and now first made English by Captain John Stevens

First Edition and Scarce

1707 - London - Samuel Bunchley

8" by 5" - 528 pp

 


 

DETAILS

Full calf leather binding with gilt lettering to spine. The first edition of this scarce and important work.

Contains 3 Spanish stories and a play translated into English by John Stevens. The Spanish works are attribued to Francesco Lopez de Ubeda and Andres Perez de Leon, Fernanso Rojas, Gonzales and Juan de Avila.

John Stevens (c.16621726), was a translator and antiquary.

He settled in London in 1695 to make a living as a professional writer, putting his command of Spanish and Portuguese to practical, though not lucrative, use. Over the next thirty years he published over twenty translations, mainly from the Spanish, in addition to histories of Spain and Portugal and a painstakingly researched Spanish dictionary. He satisfied the contemporary taste for books of travel by making available some of the classics of the conquista: accounts written from an Iberian, rather than an English point of view. Though self-deprecating about his literary style, he produced a lively and successful translation of Quevedo's comic satires. He preferred fact to fiction, and required a tale to carry a moral. The austere and devout Quevedo, champion of absolute monarchy, was his favourite writer, and in 1709 he recruited him to the tory cause by translating two of his political works in defence of Dr Henry Sacheverell.

CONDITION

The binding is firm and the rear board is attached, though by the cords only. The front board is detached but present, and the rear inner hinge is strained. There is some wear to the extremities, particularly to the spine which is chipped, and to the front board which is damaged with loss of leather. The corners are bumped and the boards are also rubbed in places. Internally the book is bright apart from some occasional spotting and handling marks. There are also some  water marks affecting the beginning of the book in particular. There is an ownership plate to the front paste down.

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