Pomarrosas.Barcelona: Imprenta de Henrich y Ca. en Comandita, 1904 Stock Code: 118072
First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the photographic portrait plate, "Al Sr. Paul Osgood Hardy, en homenaje da simpatia, José de Diego, San Juan - P.R. Enero 2 de 1914" (2 January 1914). The recipient, Osgood Paul Hardy (1889-1955), was a Californian explorer and author of several studies of the Incas and Peru; he served as interpreter and chief assistant on the Yale University-National Geographic Society Peruvian Expedition of 1914-15 that investigated the newly discovered Machu Picchu. The book has the later pencil ownership inscription of Hardy's wife. This collection of poems by the "Father of Puerto Rican Independence", also the "Father of Modern Puerto Rican Poetry", is scarce inscribed; it contains his best known love poem "A Laura".
Octavo. Original beige cloth stamped to resemble pebble-grain morocco, titles gilt to spine and front, floral design by Cuchy to spine and boards in dark green.
Photographic portrait frontispiece.
Nick to tail of spine, otherwise an exceptional copy, excellent.
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