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El dia de fiesta por la tarde. Parte segunda. Lisbon, na officina de Domingos Carneyro,

ZABALETA or ZAVALETA Juan de (1666.)


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Sm. 8vo. [2]ff. "203" [i.e. 204] pp. Original panelled covers with roll-stamped border rebacked, (edges and corners much restored).

First Portuguese edition and the second in all of one of the principal works of the Spanish playwight Zabaleta (c. 1610-c. 1670), a witty and informative description of Madrid and its way of life, and a companion-piece of the El dia de festa por la manana, which first appeared in 1654. In the 18th century these two works appeared together, but in the 17th century they were treated as separate works. The 12 chapters are entitled: La comedia, El passeo comun, La casa de juego, El estrado, El jardin. Los libros, El jardin, Santiago el Verde, El Travillo, La Pelota, El juego de las damas, El Domingo de Carnestolendas por la tarde and La Merienda. Zabaleta's pupose in writing El Dia de fiesta is clearly didactic. He is appalled by the inability of communicants to observe the holy day and so describes the behaviour of various types, thus painting a picture of the life of Madrid in the mid-17th century. He not only condemns their actions, but holds them up to ridicule, sketching such ludicrous pictures as the barber with his fingers in the client's mouth, the glutton at the market, and the poet who thinks of a rhyme while dressing and retains the awkward position he happens to be in.Zabaleta had an ugly appearance which caused him to be ridiculed, while he lived in poverty and became blind through gout. As a playwright he was influenced by Calderon, and as Costumbrista, his style was influenced by Gracian.A little waterstained at beginning.Palau 378564. See: G. L. Doty, A critical annotated edition,1929.

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