Nueva-York: 1829. xii,193,pp. Original publisher's patterned green cloth. Endpapers and bands renewed; tightly recased. Light but pervasive dampstaining to second half of text and rear board. Light wear at edges and spine extremities; light rubbing to boards. Light tanning and foxing. About very good. Item #2006
The first substantial book by the first important Cuban poet. Manuel Zequeira y Arango spent his life on the island as an officer in the Spanish army. He was also devoted to literary causes, and edited, published, and contributed to a number of Cuban literary periodicals. Other than a few chapbooks, most of his poems appeared only in journals prior to this collection. The editor of this volume is not identified in the text, but the Dictionary of Cuban Literature claims it to be the Cuban writer and independence leader Félix Varela, who was a friend of Zequeira and lived in exile in the United States at the time. An edition was not published in Cuba until 1852.
An important work of Cuban poetry and a rare Spanish-language New York imprint. We locate only four copies in American institutions, at Harvard, Florida International, AAS, and NYPL.