El Túnel.

Buenos Aires, Sur, [1948].

8vo, pp. 185 + 1 leaf; some minimal discoloration to edges, but a very good copy in the original black and red printed wrappers, spine slightly skewed, small tear to front hinge and light wear to spine; stamp of Daniel Devoto and Maria Beatriz del Valle-Inclán; in a folding cloth box.


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First edition, with a signed presentation inscription on half-title to Daniel Devoto: ‘A Devoto, con la admiración y el afecto de Sábato’.

Sábato’s first novel was published by Sur in 1948 after it had been rejected by all the leading publishing houses in Buenos Aires. Its immediate success and translation into French at the suggestion of Albert Camus the following year brought Sábato international recognition. He was awarded the Cervantes prize in 1984 for El Túnel and Sobre héroes y tumbas.

Provenance: from the library of the Argentinian Hispanist and musicologist Daniel Devoto (1916-2001) and his wife Maria Beatriz (known as Mariquiña), daughter of the Galician novelist and playwright Ramón del Valle-Inclán. Devoto pursued a career as a musician and teacher in Argentina, and attracted the attention of Juan Ramón Jiménez when he began publishing his own poetry in the 1940s. In the 1950s the couple moved to Paris, where Devoto was engaged in teaching and research in the fields of musicology and Hispanic literature until his death. They built up a large library, some of the books coming from Mariquiña’s father’s library, and many carrying their ownership stamp with the motto ‘El fruto pasa, el árbol queda’.

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