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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Acting Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections
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The Spanish literature covers about 400 volumes in the Richardson classification (Ex 3160-3189); the Spanish history section covers about 300 volumes (Ex 1520 to 1528). By far, Cervantes dominates the literature section, appearing in numerous 17th and 18th-century editions. These are mostly the gift of Charles Scribner. See: Princeton University Library Chronicle VIII, 2 (February, 1947) pp. 98-99 [full text] .

The Kane Collection has several great Spanish chronicles of the Indies, such as those of Peter Martyr, Zarate, and Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. The Library's Incunabula Collection has one of the earliest books printed in Seville -- Palencia's Universal vocabulario en latin y en romance (Seville, 1490).

A copy of the first edition of Lope de Vega's Jerusalen Conquistada (Madrid, 1609) [(Ex) 3178.349] was given by the Library staff in 1953-54 as a memorial to the former Librarian, James Thayer Gerould. The gift is described by Raymond S. Willis in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XV, 3 (Spring, 1954) pp. 159-161 [full text] .

A collection of 700 pamphlets and manuscripts, Spanish and American, assembled by the Duque de Hijar, relating to the war in Spain and the secessionist movement of the Spanish American colonies, 1808-1823, was purchased in 1960-61. Call number is Ex 1526.18.262q. See details in the Collections File, under the heading Hijar.

See also Alfred Bush's exhibition catalogue A First and Second Tongue (Princeton, 1983) [(ExB) 0639.739 no. 43] [full text - part 1] and [full text - part 2] .

Spanish and Catalan Political & Transition Publications (20th Cent.)

A collection of printed items documenting the parties, labor unions and other groups active in politics in Spain during the period 1940's to the 1980's.

 

"Documents in [this collection] provide access to the ideas, arguments, aspirations, and policies that formed the substance of debate during the last decade of General Franco's rule, and the period immediately following his demise. The collection emphasizes coverage of the political spectrum, with particular strengths in the area of regional groups and factions of national political parties." Introduction, Spanish political and economic transition groups, 1940s-1980s (Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, 1993).

 

The collection includes political materials from Catalan, Basque, Galician, and other regional groups requesting autonomy. It is available in microfilm as well. See the guide/ finding list for the collection: Virginia M. Johnson and Enrique Saez. Spanish political and economic transition groups, 1940s-1980s (Scholarly Resources, 1993) [(ExB) Z2700.3.J63q, (F) Z2700.3.J63 and (SSRC) Z2700.3.J63].