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Galàz y Varahona, Francisco:
Paradoxas [.] en que (principalmente) persuade à un pretendiente à la quietud del animo. Dirigido al S.or D. Gaspar de Guzman, Exmo. Conde de Olivares, Duque, y Gran Canciller &a.
en la Imprenta Real ., Madrid, 1625. 4to., pp. [10] 88. Engraved title-page by Jan Schorkens (1595-c.1630), featuring architectural border with to left perhaps Seneca and to right Ptolemy, with armorial above of dedicatee Gaspar de Guzman, Count-Duke of Olivares, and below a scene perhaps referencing Isaiah 11:6 showing lion with lamb; with Latin mottoes and further armorials. Text with typographical decoration, woodcut line borders to pages, ornamental woodcut tail-piece to p. 83. Printed on thick paper. Light thumbing, the odd single wormhole, a bright copy, in 19th-cent. quarter vellum and marbled boards, gilt to spine. Only edition of this set of twelve Stoic paradoxes, addressing place-seeking and professional ambition. Examples include (Cap. 2) 'How there is no life for the ambitious person' and (Cap. 8) 'What somebody struggling to get a knighthood can discover, for his peace of mind'. The text is written in Spanish with learned side-notes in Latin. The author claims (p. 8) to have examined nearly 300 authorities. European Early Modern interest in Stoicism followed the work of the Flemish scholar Justus Lipsius (1547-1606). It was an important subject also in late 16th- and early 17th-century England. The Spanish tradition of Stoic paradoxes - on the model of Cicero's 'Paradoxes of the Stoics' - had participants later including the poet-philosopher Antonio Lopez de Vega (c.1586-c.1655), who wrote a manuscript 'Paradoxas racionales' (published in 1935). Another important Spanish neostoic was Francisco de Quevedo (1580-1645). "Soon after [Velazquez] came to Madrid, a b … [Click Below for Full Description]
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