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Book Condition: Fair
Not dated (most of the color plates are dated 1889 and 1890). Issued in parts, this edition of The Wandering Jew was bound in two volumes, green buckram with gilt spine titles, 22 by 28.5 cm, prospectus bound in, color frontis, 967 pp., 872 pp., 17 color chromolithographic plates, 172 black and white illustrations, binder’s ticket from José Maria Acosta on the front pastedown of both volumes. While the bindings are very good with light shelf wear, bumping on the spine ends, and what looks like a dime-sized burn mark on the back cover of volume two, the number of repairs to the leaves and insect damage goes beyond being a defect and into the realm of the fantastic. While there are a few larval pinholes in the back cover of volume two, and some mouse nibbles on the endpapers and first three leaves of the same volume, the majority of the larval damage was done prior to being rebound in San Salvador. Numerous chips, chunks, tears, and ragged fore edges have been repaired with rice paper, notebook paper, and waste paper – some with writing. More than half the leaves have repairs, and nearly all the leaves are riddled with numerous larva holes – an impressive battle between insect and binder. A dream volume for the entomologist bibliophile. A Spanish translation of Sue’s The Wandering Jew, which was originally published in French in the 1840s. Laid in is an envelope and letter from Betsabe Santamaria, dated 1973, to a gentleman in Riverside, California. In the letter she asks why he hasn’t written when he had promised to do so. She writes about visiting the hotel in Guatemala where they first met and misses him so. Also in the envelope is a small label that reads “Amor es … cuando él se te mete en al cabeza” with an illustration of a very ‘70s cherub. Stamped on the spine of volume one and the front cover of volume two is “Betsabe Cañas,” whom one could presume is the same person. One could also presume that since the letter has no stamp or cancel that it was sent with the books… a big, bug-riddled testament of love.