Oct 12, 2023 - Sale 2648

Sale 2648 - Lot 29

Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 8,000
Primaleon Selections, English.
The Deligtful [sic] History of Celestina the Faire.

London: Printed by A[dam] I[slip] for William Barley, 1596.

First edition, quarto, a translation (with names of the characters changed) of part of François de Vernassal's French version of the anonymous Spanish romance, Primaleon, itself a continuation of the anonymous Palmerin de Oliva, possibly translated into English by Anthony Munday, but having no connection to the work Celestina by Rojas; lacking the first two leaves (title and dedication), both provided in facsimile, bound in full red morocco by Hembra; X3 & Dd3 torn and repaired without loss, 7 x 5 in.

STC 4910; ESTC S122496 locating two copies in U.S. libraries, at the Folder & Huntington; the present is only one of five known copies, purchased from Quaritch; no copies in the auction record.

From the Ken Rapoport Collection.