BORGES’S COPY

Obras I. Lamentaciones [All published].

La Plata, 1906

8vo, pp. [iv], 96; some occasional spotting and a few tears, sewing loose, in the original printed wrappers, browned and spotted, spine defective; in a folding cloth box.

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First edition of this collection of poems by the Argentinian poet and journalist, who enjoyed a cult following in his day. This copy belonged to Jorge Luis Borges, with his early ownership signature to front blank.

Almafuerte was a much-loved influence on Borges in his early years, and he maintained his admiration throughout his life, naming the poet as the greatest Argentinian writer in an interview in 1983. Borges’ ‘biography’ of Evaristo Carriego (1931) acknowledged the influence of Almafuerte on the Argentinian writers of his generation, and in 1962 he edited a selection of Almafuerte’s poetry and prose, with a 91-page introduction.

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