May 05, 2022 - Sale 2603

Sale 2603 - Lot 116

Price Realized: $ 5,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
Pseudo-Cervantes; trans. Richard Codrington.
The Troublesome and Hard Adventures in Love. Lively Setting forth, the Feavers, the Dangers, and the Jealousies of Lovers.

London: Printed by B. Alsop, 1652 [i.e. 1651].

First edition, quarto, authorship falsely attributed to Cervantes on the title, variously attributed to Mateo Aleman, Alonso Fernandez de Avellaneda, Gaspar Gil Polo, and perhaps most persuasively to Jorge de Montemayor, the author of Diana; printed in black letter, the first leaf blank but for an 'A' within a type ornament border present; bound in modern full dark brown crushed morocco, light rubbing, minor contemporary annotations, slight worming, some small tears and paper repairs, aeg., ex libris Charles Viscount Bruce of Ampthill (1682-1747), with his engraved armorial bookplate dated 1712 on verso of title, 7 x 5 in.

Wing C-1781; ESTC R3681 showing six U.S. copies; Thomas E.647 [1]; Grolier Wither to Prior 184; cf. Dale B.J. Randall's "The Troublesome and Hard Adventures in Love:" An English Addition to the Bibliography of "Diana," in The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 1961, pages 154-158; rare at auction.

From the Ken Rapoport Collection.