Recuerdos sobre la rebelion de Caracas (Signed copy)
Signed by Jose Domingo Diaz, his account of the Venezuelan War of Independence
First edition, hardback, binding defective (quarter leather with paper covered boards). 21 × 15cm, 407pp. Spanish text.
Signed by Jose Domingo Diaz directly to the page at the end of text.
This is Diaz's Memories of the Rebellion of Caracas after the Venezuelan War of Independence (1810–1823), and one of the most important accounts of the Caracas revolution. Diaz opposed the revolution and was a Royalist. He positioned himself against Simon Bolivar who wanted independence from Spain. The author was born in 1772 in Caracas, where he studied philosophy and medicine, and in the early nineteeth century oversaw a mass vaccination against smallpox. After Venezuela had gained independence, Diaz fled to Madrid where he died in 1834.
This copy is in very poor condition, but remains collectible due to the author's signature. The binding: The backstrip is loose and tucked with the book. The boards are heavily chipped to the edges and in generally rough shape. The first few pages of the book are very nearly detached and there is dry tape mark to the title page where it has been repaired. There is evidence of heavy (but old) worming to the end of the book and further signs throughout the text, with one single worm travelling through the whole text. The text remains readable, the pages tanned. The inner binding is pulled in places with both boards weak. This is a poor copy but the signature is valuable.
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