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Author's Revised Edition. The “Agapida” edition, a lavish production. White cloth, gilt-extra, and additionally decorated in green and pink, titles in gilt on spine embellished with a Moorish-inspired design by Alice Cordelia Morse, boards beveled, Top Edge Gilt, decorative endpapers, in the publisher’s cloth dust-wrappers with gilt spine titling. Both volumes with frontispieces and with 30 photogravures of Granada by Mr. Richard H. Lawrence and others, each with lettered tissue guards, printed throughout with red and green page borders with a repeating floral design.
Jackets with minor rubbing and chipping at spine, title faded; boards slightly toned; bookplate removed from front pastedown of volume 1 and damp-staining to rear endpapers; volume 2 offsetting to endpapers, front hinge starting. Two volumes. 8vo; xxx, 379 pp.; xiv, 405 pp. REF enotes,
Washington Irving, youngest of the eleven children of a wealthy New York merchant, was sickly as a child. Unable to continue in school, he educated himself along lines that struck his fancy, and his studies included the Spanish language. One of the early books in his scattered reading was Don Quixote, which inspired in him a life-long interest in Spain and the Spanish people.
In 1825, while traveling in southern France, he decided to see the land of Cervantes, using as his excuse the need to go to Madrid to consult manuscripts dealing with Columbus. Out of this visit developed A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (1828). From material uncovered but unsuitable for this work, and from impressions of his travels, he wrote a chronicle of the conquest of Granada which he attributed to an imaginary historian, the Jesuit Fray Antonio Agapida.
While in Granada he visited the Alhambra, then no national monument but a dirty, run-down building, and secured permission to live there while writing the tales contained in The Alhambra (1832).
Title: Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada
Edition: Author's Revised Edition.
Publisher: London, G. P. Putnam's Sons / The Riverside Press: 1893
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Size: Two volumes. 8vo; xxx, 379 pp.; xiv, 405 pp
lb: 8.00 lb
Seller ID: 010165