Matanzas: Imprenta de la Real Marina, 1836. 273,pp. Contemporary dark green quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt. Spine ends and hinges rubbed, corners lightly worn; front hinge tender. Small paper flaw in title page, not affecting text. Light foxing to last few leaves, but generally clean internally. Very good. Item #2344
First edition of this important dictionary of Cuban dialect. The author, Esteban Pichardo y Tapia (1799-1879) was a noted geographer, poet, and lexicographer. The present work, a "dictionary of Cuban voices", went through multiple editions in his lifetime and is considered the most important Cuban lexicographic work of the 19th century. He is also considered to be the "father" of both Cuban cartography and lexicography, and spent several decades of his life working on his Carta Geo-Hidro-Topográfica de la Isla de Cuba (1874-1875), which was the definitive cartographical work on Cuba for nearly a century.
Sabin and Pilling both note an anonymously published first edition of this work in 1832, no copies of which are located. We note, however, that the edition published in 1849 has been indicated as the "segunda edicion," likely rendering this the first edition and the 1832 reference a ghost. Rare in the marketplace and scarce institutionally. We note a handful of copies in OCLC.
Sabin 17770, 62603 (ref). Pilling 2979a (ref).