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. Just two thousand copies of this original edition were produced, each containing 16 black and white photographic reproductions, as here.
Posted in Spain as a diplomat during the Spanish Civil War, Neruda witnessed the destruction and transformation of Spain during these turbulent years. Neruda commemorates the republican fighters, figures, and values in Espana en el Corazon. Good (Item #1057)