LORCA (FEDERICO GARCÍA) Impresiones y paisajes, FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, UNTRIMMED AND UNOPENED, [1918]
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LORCA (FEDERICO GARCÍA) Impresiones y paisajes, FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, UNTRIMMED AND UNOPENED, [1918]
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LORCA (FEDERICO GARCÍA)
Impresiones y paisajes, first edition, UNTRIMMED AND UNOPENED in publisher's wrappers, the upper cover illustrated with a design by Ismael [Gonzàlez de la Serna], top of spine with small single wormhole and slight stain (which also affects upper inner corners of text block), 8vo, Granada, P.V. Traveset, [1918]

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  • A REMARKABLE SURVIVAL: A FINE AND ENTIRELY UNOPENED COPY OF LORCA'S FIRST BOOK.

    Impresiones y paisajes, published in April 1918 at the expense of Lorca's father, is a collection of lyrical prose pieces written by the 20-year old aspiring writer during a series of four trips he made through Castile, Léon and Galicia in 1916 and 1917. He was accompanied by some fellow students and a professor from the university, Martín Domínguez Berrueta, who encouraged him to publish his account. 1917 proved to be a turning point in Lorca's life: he met Antonio Machado in Baeza, and on his return to Granada (despite dedicating the book to his former music teacher and befriending the composer Manuel de Falla), he abandoned his music studies and turned his hand to writing poetry.

    The first edition is extremely scarce. According to Carlos Morla Linch (in En España con Federico García Lorca, 1957), so few copies were sold that the disillusioned writer gathered together all those he could lay his hands on and set them on fire. Certainly no copies are recorded as having sold at auction since 1975, and institutional copies traced seem to total just four (three on WorldCat, all in the USA, none on Copac and one in Madrid).

    A publisher's advertisement at the end of the book announces as "in print" a work entitled Elogios y canciones, but this, and the other works listed as in preparation, never saw the light of day. See illustration at page 3.
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