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Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de

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  • Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de
  • Primera parte de la Galatea. [Alcalá: Juan Gracian for Blas de Robles, 1585]
  • Paper
2 conjoint leaves, VV4-5 (ff. 340 and 341), 8vo (153 x 103mm.), manuscript note in Spanish at foredge of f. 340, slightly frayed at foot, a few paper repairs at head (not affecting text)


IA 135.273 (listing copies in the BL and Madrid BN); Palau 51928

Catalogue Note

TWO LEAVES FROM CERVANTES' FIRST BOOK, the pastoral romance La Galatea, published in 1585 but written sometime earlier; Cervantes never wrote the projected second part. La Galatea was greatly influenced by Cervantes' stay in Italy in the early 1570s and his exposure to Italian humanism and Neoplatonism, and is closely modelled on Vergil's pastoral poems, the Eclogues, though with interpolations of epic features. Cervantes' character of Galatea was influenced by Raphael's painting in the Palazzo della Farnesina, Rome.

These two leaves come from the song of Calliope, towards the end of the book, where the muse praises Spanish poets, including Cervantes' fellow Complutensian, Francisco de Figueroa (c. 1530-c. 1588).