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Gerardo the Unfortunate Spaniard. Or A Patterne for Lasciuious Louers. Containing seuerall strange miseries of loose Affection. Written by an ingenious Spanish Gentleman . in the time of his fiue yeeres Imprisonment. Originally in Spanish, and made English by L[eonard] D[igges].
Printed for Ed. Blount 1622 - A4 defective at lower outer corner (paperflaw, no loss of text or ornament), B3 and F6 are cancels, the former detached from its stub, the latter not noted by ESTC, small hole in C4 (no loss), E3 defective at lower outer corner with loss of catchword, rust hole in E6 with the loss of 3 letters on either side, tear in N1 emanating from top outer corner, entering text for 2 lines but without loss bar 5 mm of the top rule, blank area of corner missing, miscellaneous occasional minor soiling or staining, ink lines through the title and first page of To the Reader, and slightly messier ink markings on one other page, some damp-staining towards the end in the lower half, resewn, pp. viii, 368, 367-475, 4to, later 17th-century calf, resewn, rebacked, craquelure to surface of covers, various signatures of Thomas Durston of front flyleaf and (blank) verso of last leaf, once dated 1666 and twice dated 1670, with a note of the loan of the book in 1668, possibly earlier signature (3 time( of Henry Moore on flyleaf, sound. First edition in English, rare. 'Leonard Digges's father was Thomas Digges, the mathematician - the first English author publicly to declare his support for Copernicus. 'After Thomas Digges's death [in 1595] his widow married Thomas Russell of Alderminster, whom in 1616 William Shakespeare named as an overseer of his will. The remarriage of his mother had literary repercussions for Leonard Digges. He went to University College, Oxford, in 1603, aged fifteen, and graduated BA on 31 October 1606. Having left Oxford, he returned briefly to London before embarking on a period of study in foreign universities. In 1611 it seems that he went to Spain with his friend James Mabbe, a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, who was secretary to the English ambassador, Sir John Digby. The evidence for their companionship in Spain is provided by a copy of Lope de Vega's Rimas (1613), now in the library of Balliol College, Oxford, which Mabbe sent to another Oxford friend, Will Baker. In a note to Baker on the flyleaf Digges compared Lope's sonnets to those of Shakespeare, which were clearly regarded, at least in Digges's circle, as the finest of their kind. In consideration of the accomplishments Digges acquired in classical and modern languages he was created MA at Oxford on 20 November 1626, and allowed to reside at University College, where he died on 7 April 1635 and was buried in the chapel' (ODNB). ESTC S107646, recording 7 copies in the UK (Oxford and Cambridge 2 apiece), and 5 in the US, of which 2 are imperfect, the Newberry copy having the first 3 leaves mutilated, and the Yale copy lacking the title-page. 2 copies sold at auction in the 1920s are the last to have appeared at auction. (ESTC S107646)
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