“THE APPLAUSE WITH WHICH THIS NEW GENRE WAS RECEIVED INDUCED LOPE TO WRITE A GREAT MANY OF THEM, SO THAT HIS NAME BECAME WIDELY KNOWN”
VEGA CARPIO, Lope de, and GÓNGORA, Luis de. Quatro Comedias Famosas. Madrid, 1617.
Earliest obtainable edition of this collection of four popular plays from the Spanish Golden Age, including Lope de Vega’s very first three-act comedy, “La Pastoral de Jacinto” (here under the title “Los Jacintos, y Zeloso de si Mismo”), which created a new theatrical genre that in short order would become the dominant mode in Spain and elsewhere. Also includes “El Lacayo Fingido” by Lope de Vega, “Las Firmezas de Isabela” by Luis de Góngora, and the anonymous “Las Burlas y Enredos de Benito.” From the distinguished collection of the Dukes of Devonshire at Chatsworth, with the Chatsworth bookplate and the Devonshire monogram in gilt on both covers. $11,000.