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MONTEMAYOR, Jorge de
Los Siete Libros de la Diana dirigidos al muy Illustre señor don Iuan Castella de Villanoua, señor de las baronias de Bicorb, y Quesa. Añadio se agora historia el Alcida y Sylvano compuesta por el mesmo autor
Iuan [Juan] Stelsio, Anvers [Antwerp], 1561. 12mo. Woodcut device on title and recto of final leaf. [3], 230, [2] ll. COLLATION: A-T12 V4. Contemporary vellum; A8 trimmed with some loss to text at fore-edge margin due to misaligned imposition, running titles trimmed First Antwerp edition, fifth edition overall, of this foundational and wildly popular pastoral prose romance and Shakespeare sourcebook, written in Spanish by the Portuguese author Jorge de Montemayor (c.1520-1561). First published in 1559 in Valencia, Diana "holds the distinction of being the first fully developed Iberian romance of the sixteenth century" (Cambridge History of Spanish Literature, 2005, p. 187). Diana was one of the most popular works of early modern Europe, running to dozens of editions in Spanish throughout the second half of the 16th century, as well as numerous translations. The first English translation, by Bartholomew Young, was published in 1598. Diana’s plot, a complicated rustic masquerade set in a fantastical Arcadian world populated by nymphs, giants and other mythical creatures, "centers on the shepherd Sireno's search for a cure to love's misery, occasioned by the beautiful shepherdess Diana who has forsaken him to marry another shepherd, Delio" (ibid). Works inspired by Diana include Sidney’s Arcadia, Cervantes’ first prose work, La Galatea (Cervantes also mentions Diana in Don Quixote), and Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, which borrows its cross-dressing love-triangle plot from Felismena’s tale. "The ultimate source of the play was Diana by J. de Montemayor, which Shakespea … [Click Below for Full Description]
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