8vo, pp. [iv], 132; large engraved device of Alfay, the publisher/bookseller, on verso of the title; some neat marginal repairs to title and a few other leaves, upper margins trimmed a little close, small stain on third leaf; modern marbled green sheep, spine gilt; from the library of Raymond Caizergues, with his pencil mark on front pastedown.
US $6211 €5331
First and only edition, very rare, of this satirical picaresque novel, published under a pseudonym and attributed to a Dominican friar, Benito Ruiz. Among other things, the novel contains the description of the three-day Carnival festival held in Zaragoza in March 1660. The author sketches the feast in detail, conveying all the elements and colours of the seventeenth-century event: costumes, dances, comic battles and tournaments, decorated boats, fancy horse-carriages, triumphal carts, noises and chanting.
Judging from the extant works recorded under this pseudonym, the author lived in Zaragoza. He also wrote an allegorical novel of some success, based on the ‘dream’ literary device: Universidad de amor y escuelas del interés. Verdades soñadas o sueño verdadero.
Vicente Salvá did not own a copy of this book, but in his catalogue (item 1939, note) recalls having seen one and describes it.
M. Jiménez Catalán, Ensayo de una tipografía zaragozana del siglo XVII, Zaragoza, 1925, p. 292. The National Library of Spain holds two copies; the only other copy found in OCLC is at Pennsylvania State.
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