Solo de Rosa. Poemas. Con dos rosas de Mariano y Portocarrero.

[Havana, Cuba], ‘La Veronica’, 1941.

4to, ff. [3], 17, [3], with two line-drawings of roses printed in black and pink by the Cuban artists Mariano Rodriguez and René Portocarrero; title-page printed in red and black; limitation leaf inscribed by the author; printed on thick textured paper (Buckeye Custom Cover); a fine copy, untrimmed, in the original printed paper wrappers.


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First edition, no. 186 of 300 copies, inscribed to Brull’s French translator Mathilde Pomès in Ottawa, 1946.

Laid in loose is an autograph letter from Pomès to Brull[?] (‘Mon cher Maître’), sending him a French translation of one of the poems in the collection, ‘Rosa, Inmortal Presencia’. Its presence with her copy of the book suggests that it may been a draft or was never sent.

Solo de Rosa was printed in Cuba by the Spanish poet and publisher Manuel Altolaguirre, who had arrived in the country in 1939 and stayed until 1943. Buying the small press that he christened La Veronica was one of the first things he did in Cuba, publishing from there the work of both Spanish exiles and of his new literary milieu.

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