Voyage en Navarre pendant l’insurrection des Basques (1830–1835) . . . Avec portraits et costumes.

Paris, Arthus Bertrand, 1836.

8vo, pp. [iv], viii, ii (table of contents), 456, with a lithographed frontispiece-portrait and two lithographed plates; some occasional minor foxing, half-title and title slightly toned, but a very good copy in contemporary calf-backed boards, spine gilt, crest and monogram ‘H S’ stamped in gilt in one compartment of spine; light wear, spine slightly dulled; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).


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First edition; scarce. ‘The Carlist Wars . . . generated intense regionalist excitement among Spanish Basques and great curiosity in educated circles. Up until this point, more or less the only interest shown in the Basques had been of a philological nature. Augustin Chaho’s Voyage en Navarre . . . prompted a whole movement of ethnological and historical investigation into the Basques, which culminated with Francisque Michel’s Le Pays Basque, sa population, sa langue, ses moeurs (Paris, 1857)’ (X. de Planhol, An historical geography of France, 1988, p. 319).

The Basque writer Chaho (1810–1858) was a student of Charles Nodier, one of the first French writers to embrace the new ideas of German romanticism, and in his Voyage en Navarre he was not afraid to give free reign to his imagination.

The frontispiece is a portrait of the Basque leader Zumalacárregui, of whom Chaho was a great admirer. The remaining plates depict a man of Navarre and a Basque woman in traditional costume.

Palau 66825. Library Hub records two copies (British Library and Cambridge University Library). OCLC records the Newberry Library only in the US.

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