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Barcelona: Imprenta de Antonio Bergnes y Compañia. Very Good-. 1842. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. 237 & [3, Indice] pages; Mid-nineteenth century dark red quarter leather over red pebbled cloth covers, pattern-printed endpapers (lacks the front free endpaper). Some rubbing and wear to the leather spine, covers a bit soiled and with wear to the corners. Scattered foxing to the leaves, probably the usual situation with the scarce surviving copies of this interesting edition. This copy is complete; the dedication leaf is bound before the title page, and the prefatory leaf "Los Editores" is bound following the first leaf of text. [A simple binder's error: the volume is printed on large octavo half sheets throughout, so, for the two pairs of double-size leaves constituting the first gathering, one should have been tucked inside the other, and instead wrapped around the other bifolium]. There is a statement about the text edition on the "Los Editores" leaf: "está estractada de la Colección de los más célebres romances antiguos españoles, publicada por C. B. Depping, y considerablemente enmendada por un Español refujiado en Inglaterra, en la reimpresión que de ella se hizo en Londres en el año 1825." This refers to the group of early Spanish texts published from the scholarship of Georges-Bernard Depping [as 'Colección de los mas célebres romances antiguos españoles...' London: Vicente Salvá..., 1825]. The lead publisher, Vicente Salvá y Pérez, was the "español refugiado en Inglaterra" who revised the text. But the textual history, however interesting, is not the main point of interest of this Barcelona edition. Rather, the distinction of this 1842 Barcelona production derives largely throughwood-engraved illustrations throughout by Spanish artists: (Gaspar, Torner, Gabriel, and Martínez). The 96 superb graphic initial letters are at least as interesting; some are figural, but others are almost abstract in design. This edition is now quite scarce. There are three locations divided between two OCLC numbers [OCLC Number: 937655576 -- Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec; and OCLC Number: 253081661 -- copies in Berlin and Hamburg]. COPAC shows three copies in British Institutions: [Exeter University; St. Andrews University; and British Library]. There are several faint pencil signatures on the verso of the title page "Miss Frances Hood" -- which raise the interesting possibility that this copy belonged to the daughter of the poet and humorist Thomas Hood [1799-1845]. Frances Hood, later became known under her married name as a writer of books for children [Frances Freeling Broderip - 1830-1878]. Several of her books were illustrated by her brother, Tom Hood. The two siblings edited a two-volume "Memorials of Thomas Hood," and in 1869 selected and published the "Early Poems and Sketches" of her father. These works show that both Frances and Tom Hood were fascinated by illustrated books their father owned -- (alas, Thomas Hood owned little but his books when he died as a near-invalid at age 45). .
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