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Fernandez de Lizardi, Jose Joaquin
Noches tristes y Dia Alegre, por el Pensador Mexicano
1831. Mexico. Jose Uribe y Alcalde. 8vo (137 x 90 mm). 140 pp., 5 plates. Original quarter red calf over marbled boards, spine tooled and lettered in gilt, overall worn. Some soiling and mainly marginal water staining to a few leaves, foxing here and there, else good. - Third edition, extremely rare, as all early editions, of this romantic novel by the author of the first American novel (El Periquillo Sarniento), Fernandez de Lizardi, an important figure in early Republican Mexican literature; this book is, in ways, similar to Cadalso’sNoches Lugubres. The work contains political, sociological and journalistic contents. The illustration is composed of 5 full-page plates, 3 of which are signed by Montes de Oca, famous for his engraved life of Neri. Fernandez de Lizardi (1776 – 1827) writes this book –as well as the Periquillo Sarniento- in a tumultuous time in Mexico, with the agenda of breaking paradigms inherited by the Spanish, on one side publishing a novel -forbidden during the Spanish rule- and breaking the idea that the aristocracy was exempt from working. He founded the liberal newspaper “El Pensador Mexicano”, quickly suspended by King Ferdinand VII. Although the author never publicly favored the independence, in this work he shows himself partial to severing the tie to Spain.Fernandez de Lizardi is “el fiel reflejo del nuevo hombre de letras que se había gestado durante la Ilustración: un intelectual atento al objetivo de informar, educar, entretener y criticar. Fue, además, un escritor de oficio que vivió de y para … [Click Below for Full Description]
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