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Hall, Owen
London: Chatto & Windus, 1902. Very good plus. First edition, in which a young Cuban woman disguises herself as a man to avenge the death of her father and brother during the Spanish-American War. Written by the New Zealander MP and barrister Hugh Hart Lusk under his usual pseudonym, HERNANDO is a romantic adventure novel with a backdrop of international intrigue during Cuba's fight for independence. The heroine is a student at Vassar when she learns of the death of her family members in Cuba. When she attempts to join the fight against the Spanish, she is rebuffed by Cuban leaders. She cuts her hair, masquerades as a man, and joins the rebels, meeting an American journalist who calls himself "a friend of Cuba" and wants to "contradict the lies of Spain." The two overcome numerous dangers together, eventually falling in love. After their marriage, the American still insists on calling his wife "Hernando." Octavo. 7.5'' x 4.75''. Original dark red pictorial cloth stamped in green, red, and gilt. Top edge gilt, bottom edge uncut. Publisher's ads before half title; publisher's catalogue dated September 1902 at rear. [2], vi, 393, [3], 32 pages. Foxing to text block edges and first few leaves, thence only intermittently. Faint toning to spine and minimal wear to boards.
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