8vo, pp. 164; minimal discoloration to margins, but a fine, large copy, uncut in the original printed wrappers, spine browned; with stamp of the Argentinian poet and hispanist Daniel Devoto and his wife Maria Beatriz del Valle-Inclán on first (blank) leaf; in a folding cloth box.
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Cal y canto.
First edition of Alberti’s fourth collection of poems. Cal y canto occupies a central position in the poet’s work before the Spanish Civil War, introducing themes he was to return to again and again throughout his life.
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First edition of this poem in six cantos, with extensive notes, on the disastrous 1755 Lisbon earthquake, by the Oratorian priest and philosopher Almeida (1722-1804). One of the deadliest in history, the earthquake almost totally destroyed the Portuguese capital and accentuated political tensions within the kingdom. It was widely discussed by European Enlightenment philosophers, including Voltaire and Rousseau, and led to important debates around theodicy and philosophical optimism.
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