"El Cid" With The Respected Editorial Revisions Of Lopez De Velorado
EL CID. Chronica del famoso cavallero Cid ruy Diez Campeador. Burgos: Philippe de Junta y Juan Baptista Varesio , 1593.
Sixth publication, with the respected editorial revisions of Lopez de Velorado; this edition is considered very true to the best original text and much better than the corrupted intervening editions. Folio. 318pp. Title page in red and black with woodcut coat of arms. With two additional woodcuts.

Old vellum. Gently washed and sized. This edition is known for usual page spotting, here absent: text is generally fresh and clean. Title page has some restoration, affecting three letters. Very well margined. Overall a very good copy in an appropriate old binding. Housed in a custom quarter brown morocco clamshell, gilt-stamped.

Early editions of the Chronicles (or History) of the eleventh century knight El Cid are quite rare. The book is part of the general chronicles and legends of Spain: this dealing with the exploits of the valorous knight who freed Valencia from the Moors. In the twelfth century his adventures are first chronicled in Poema de mio Cid. Further stories and ballads build on the legend through the fourteenth century until El Cid has been glorified into a hero of knightly and Christian virtue and patriotic zeal.

The most famous retellings outside of Spain are Southey in English 1808 and, of course, Corneille in French in his famous play of 1637.

The text at hand is an excellent study of the manners and customs of the era of the Knights of Spain; highly sought after by bibliophiles and appreciated by historians.

Only 2 copies of this edition can be found at the British Library and in the Library of Scotland.

HBS # 66533 $10,000