Guanabacoa: Imprenta, 1864. 73,pp. Small octavo. Contemporary red quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt. Corners and spine ends lightly worn, binding rubbed. Internally clean. Very good. Item #1813
Rare volume of poetry by Antonio Hurtado del Valle (1842-1875), journalist and poet of the Cuban independence movement during the mid-19th century. He wrote for a number of liberal literary and political periodicals during the 1860s, and joined the revolutionary army in 1869, the year after open conflict broke out. After several years of military and political service, Del Valle was appointed Undersecretary of the Interior in the shadow Republican government in 1874 by its president, Salvador Cisneros Betancourt, but he died of malaria the next year. The roughly thirty poems collected in this work, published in Guanabacoa in 1864, are a combination of the martial, the pastoral, and the amorous, and are prefaced by two introductory pieces, the first a brief biography and the second a glowing review of Del Valle's poetic style and talents.
We locate only two copies of an apparently different state, with the author's initials rather than his full name on the title page, at the British Library and the National Library of Cuba. A scarce work by a leading literary and political figure of revolutionary Cuba during the mid-19th century, and a rare Cuban imprint.