Rojas, Fernando de - The Spanish Bawd. Folio Society, 1973, 1st thus. Mter Cervantes, the greatest imaginative work produced in Spain. A novel in dialogue form, the basic plot of The Spanish Bawd concerns the simple, tragic love story of Calisto and Melihea. But it is on the manipulators of that plot-from the calculating Sempronlo and the highly corruptible Parmeno to that sempiternal bawd, Celestina herself-that the attention centres. To quote Gerald Brenan: 'In Spanish prose three or four books written before the middle of the nineteenth century stand out ahove all the others: La Celestina... seems to me the one that is most alive today . . . It is not only the first European novel, but one of the greatest... Celestina herself is one of the most vivid and splendid creations of all literature. She talks her way through the book in the raciest conversation ever written by a Spaniard, elliptical, witty... and rich in wisdom and experience.' (Folio Society). 8¾" x 5¼", 206pp plus 8 plates, blue cloth, front-board and spine blocked in gold, red and dark-brown with a design, gold blocked spine lettering, hardback. Illustrated with monochrome Aquatints by Dodie Masterman.
Sunned spine (as normal); otherwise fine; complete with very good (sunning; small 'notch' to one end edge) sound, original slip-case; still has its sign-up a new member post-card.
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