Francisco de Quevedo Villegas - El parnaso español y musas castellanas - 1866

Francisco de Quevedo Villegas - El parnaso español y musas castellanas - 1866
Literature - Quantity: 1 - Book

Joint edition: Madrid: Antonio Galiana; Barcelona: Juan Pons,
Barcelona - Imp. 1866 (Imprenta Hispana de Vicente Castaños) .

This edition is based on the last edition printed in the 16th century.

Pages: 751 pp. [10] sheets of plates.
Illustration: engravings by C. Planas and M. Teruel.

Quarter binding. 3-rib spine with gold letters and decoration. Marbled brown hardcover.

Condition: fair. Intensive use. Blunt corners. Pronounced wear on the spine and spine strip, with intense scratches. Brown specks of foxing all over the sheets of the book. Wear and tears in the bottom corner from page 704 pp. to the end. A water stain on the last pages of the book.

With all the pages. 751 pp.
Size: 24 x 17x 4 cm

Note: This work has a rare feature or curiosity that requires in-depth research. It was discovered by José Vicente Sánchez, Hispanic philologist, and is about the first frontispiece engraving. The cross of Santiago that Quevedo should have on the flap is actually a spider or a scorpion.

The symbol of the Cross of Saint James is well known in Spain, typical of the order of Order of Santiago, and looks like a sword-shaped gules Latin cross, with arms topped with a lily flower and a ‘panela’ on the handle. The reason behind the introduction of the spider element is unknown. The possibility of C. Planas making a mistake can be dismissed, as he was a person of great cultural education; any political reasons also, as the order was supressed at the beginning of the First Spanish Republic in 1873, and this edition is from 1866.

There is a suspicion that it could enclose a hidden meaning.

Lot details
Number of Books
Author/ Illustrator
Francisco de Quevedo Villegas
Book Title
El parnaso español y musas castellanas
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition
Original language
Antonio Galiana / Juan Pons
Binding/ Material
Half leather
Number of pages
24×17 cm
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