- Claros varones. Seville: Stanislaus Polonus, 24 April 1500
4to (195 x 137mm.), 76 leaves (of 90), a-k8 l10, 31 lines plus foliation, gothic type, title within a woodcut border with a woodcut illustration of the author presenting the book to Queen Isabella, 5- and 10-line woodcut initials, woodcut printer's device on final verso, old reused limp vellum, lacking d8, quire e8, f1-3 and g1-2 (all supplied in facsimile), title-page repaired at foredge, long wormholes in text repaired with some words supplied in facsimile
Don Pedro de --, partly erased inscription on title-page; Vicente Ponz, inscription at end dated 15 May 1642, and the date Saturday 21 December 1641 beneath the colophon
HC 13593; IBE 4817; Martín Abad P-210; GW M36619; Palau 242114
RARE. ISTC lists only 3 copies, all of which are located in Madrid. Polonus also issued this text a month earlier, on 24 April, where the text additionally contained some dedicatory verses to Queen Isabella by Iñigo de Mendoza at the end, which are not present in this edition.
Pulgar (1436-c. 1492) was a Spanish humanist converso. He became historiographer to Isabella of Castille and Leon and this work of literary portraits of the famous men of Castille was first published in 1486. It begins with Henry IV and includes counts and cardinals.
For another work printed by Polonus, see lot 160. He subsequently moved to Alcalá and printed there from 1502, and his Seville press was then run by Jacob Cromberger.