Santiago de Chile: Ediciones Ercilla, 1937. First edition. A worn, but complete copy of this scarce publication by one of Latin America's most prominent poets. Original self wrappers printed in red, gray and yellow, spine cracked and professionally reattached (lacking a small chip), wrappers soiled, and a dampstain affects the top edge of leaves throughout. Rare in the original wraps, most first edition copies have been rebound.
Posted in Spain as a diplomat during the Spanish Civil War, Neruda became an ardent communist. This collection of left-leaning political poems is his reaction against Franco, exposing the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and its fascist regime. Just two thousand copies of this original edition were produced, each containing 16 black and white photographic reproductions, as here. Good (Item #1057)