Gerardo the Unfortunate Spaniard.

Céspedes y Meneses (Gonzalo de)

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].

Description: 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, 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 times) of Henry Moore on flyleaf, sound

Publication Details: Printed for Ed. Blount, 1622

Notes: 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 u...more

Bibliography: (ESTC S107646)

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Price: £12,500

Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1622

Stock Number: 57471

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