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Aguirre, José Antonio de: Escape Via Berlin, Eluding Franco in Hitler's Europe. Introductions and annotations by Robert P. Clark. University of Nevada Press. Reno and Las Vegas: 1991. First edition thus (first published as De Guernica a Nueva York, Pasando Por Berlin by Editorial Vasca Ekin in 1944). 8vo. Cloth. Pp. (viii), 392. Notes. Fine copy in dj. $15.00

Campbell, Roy: Poemas escogidos, Edición Bilingüe [Selected Poems, Dual Language Edition]. Estudio preliminar, traducción y notas [Introductory Essay, Translation and Notes] de J. Isaías Gómez López. Prólogo [Preface] by Terry Risk. Universidad de Almería. Almería (Spain): 2010. First edition. Paper-bound. Pp. 370, (ii). Text in English, and on facing pages in Spanish. Notes. Checklist. Fine copy. Inscribed by the Editor/Translator for the author of the Foreword. $35.00

Roy Campbell and his family were living in Toledo in 1936 when the Spanish Civil War broke out. Soon the city was under siege. Roy, his wife Mary and their two children, Tess and Anna, were obliged to flee, the only way out being in the back of a truck marked with a skull and bones warning which indicated that it normally collected corpses. Once clear of the city their travails were not at an end. They had a particularly frightening encounter with a woman milicien close to Madrid. Then they had to be smuggled through enemy lines to the port of Valencia by the famous Spanish Pimpernel, Captain Christopher Lance. Roy Campbell's poems on Spain, and some others, are here beautifully presented, both in their original English and with Spanish translations. The Preface is by the American private press printer who became one of Roy's publishers, following an interesting series of events.

Campbell, Roy: Portugal. Max Reinhardt. London: 1957. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. 206. Illustrated. Fine in dust-jacket. $75.00

This is not a travel book, says the author. Instead it is about some of the things he loves about Portugal: the wines, Fado, horses and horsemen, the Roman-Celtic history, and Portuguese literature.

[Campbell, Roy], Anna Campbell Lyle: Poetic Justice, A Memoir of My Father Roy Campbell. Typographeum. Francestown: 1986. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Limited to 150 copies. New as issued without dj. Only a few copies of this book are still available. $150.00

Penelope Casas: La Cocina de MamaCasas, Penelope: La Cocina de Mamá, The Great Home Cooking of Spain. Color Photography by Shimon and Tammar. Broadway Books/Random House. New York: 2005. First edition. 4to. Boards. Pp. (xii), 308. Illustrated. Index. Fine copy in dj. $12.00

Cordell, Alexander: To Slay the Dreamer. Hodder & Stoughton. London: 1980. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. 288. Fine in slightly torn dj. $25.00

Del Castillo, Michel: Child of Our Time. Originally published by René Julliard (Paris: 1957) as Tanguy: Histoire d'un enfant d'aujourd'hui. Translated from the French by Peter Green. Alfred A. Knopf. New York: 1958. First American edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. (vi), 282. Scratch on front cover, else near fine in slightly frayed dust-jacket. $60.00

Michel del Castillo was born in Madrid in 1933, his father a French conservative and his mother a Spanish republican journalist. When the Spanish Civil War broke out he and his mother were interned at a camp in the Lozère region. Later he was arrested by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp in Germany where he only just managed to survive. After the War he was repatriated to Paris but then sent back to Spain and placed in an orphanage from which he escaped. Eventually he made his way back to Paris and became a student at the Sorbonne.

Del Castillo, Michel: The Disinherited. Translation of Le colleur d'affiches by Humphrey Hare. Alfred A. Knopf. New York: 1960. First American edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. x, 276. Near fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $48.00

Cecil D. Eby: The Siege of the AlcazarEby, Cecil D.: The Siege of the Alcazar. The Bodley Head. London: 1965. First published. 8vo. Boards. Pp. 256. Map. Illustrated: (8) pp. of plates. Reading Notes. Sources. Edges slightly foxed; dj repaired with browned tape; else very good copy. $45.00

This is the very dramatic story of the siege laid by Republican forces on Toledo, from July to September 1936, until Franco's Nationalist army ended it. The Alcazar was the the fortress inside the city where 1800 people, including women and children, barricaded themselves. Conditions for them all became dreadful.

Fernández Durán, Juan Antonio: World Heritage Monuments in Spain. Ediciones Alymar. Madrid: (2001). First edition. 4to. Cloth. Pp. 318, (ii). Glossary of Artistic Terms. Index of Monuments. Bibliography. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $25.00

Fuentes, Carlos: The Campaign. Translated by Alfred MacAdam. André Deutsch. London: 1991. First edition thus (originally published as La Campaña). 8vo. Boards. Pp. (viii), 246, (ii). Fine copy in dj. $28.00

Hemingway, Ernest: For Whom the Bell Tolls. Charles Scribner's Sons. New York: 1940. First edition. 8vo. Linen cloth. Pp. (x), 472. First issue dust-wrapper without the photographer's credit at the bottom of the rear panel. Fore-edges untrimmed. Very good copy in slightly chipped and frayed dj dust-jacket. $875.00

Lorca, Federico García: Selected Poems. Translated by J. L. Gili and Stephen Spender. The Hogarth Press. The New Hogarth Library Vol. XI. London: 1943. First edition. Small 8vo. Boards. pp. 56. No dj. Very good copy. $35.00

[Lorca, Federico García], Leslie Stainton: Lorca, A Dream of Life. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. New York: 1999. First U.S. edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. viii, 580. Illustrated. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $25.00

C. E. Lucas Phillips: The Spanish PimpernelLucas Phillips, C. E.: The Spanish Pimpernel. Heinemann. London: 1960. First published. 8vo. Boards. Pp. (viii), 264. Map on end-papers. Illustrated: frontispiece, (6) pp. of plates, including two more maps. Two tiny punctures through dj into front cover; edges slightly foxed; a few marginal notes in pencil by former reader; else near fine copy. $45.00

This is the story of Captain Christopher Lance, D.S.O., who found himself in Madrid at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Many of his friends were in perilous danger, so he began to help them. He assumed the role of a buffoonish character and used that to fool the officials, police, and sentries who normally would have barred him, and the escapees he had in tow, from passing through. In this way he was able to take many refugees to safety, usually to a ship leaving the country. Among the more famous people he helped were Roy Campbell and his family.

Maugham, W. Somerset: Don Fernando, Or, Variations on Some Spanish Themes. William Heinemann Ltd. London: 1935. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Very good copy in frayed dust-jacket. $60.00

Márquez, Gabriel García: The General in His Labyrinth. Knopf. New York: 1990. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $15.00

Márquez, Gabriel García: News of a Kidnapping. Translated by Edith Grossman. Alfred A. Knopf. New York: 1997. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Fine copy in dj. $12.00

O'Neill, John P. (Editor in Chief): The Art of Medieval Spain, A.D. 500-1200. Introductions by Bernared F. Reilly, John W. Williams, and Jerrilynn D. Dodds. The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York: 1993. First edition. Paper-bound. Pp. xiv, 358. Bibliography. Index. Fine copy. $16.00

Padfield, Peter: Armada, A Celebration of the Four Hundredth Anniversary of the Defeat of the Spanish Armada, 1588-1988. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. 1988. First edition. 4to. Boards. Pp. 208. Illustrated. Notes. Index. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $15.00

John Preston: We Saw Spain DiePreston, John: We Saw Spain Die, Foreign Correspondents in the Spanish Civil War. Herman Graf Book/Skyhorse Publishing. New York: 2009. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xii, 436. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Notes. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $18.00

Gabriele Ranzato: The Spanish Civil WarRanzato, Gabriele: The Spanish Civil War. Interlink Books. Northampton: 2005. First American edition. Small 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. 128. Illustrated. Bibliography. Chronology. Index. Fine copy. $8.50

Richardson, Paul: Barcelona, Authentic Recipes Celebrating the Foods of the World. Photographs by Jason Lowe. General Editor Chuck Williams. Oxmoor House/Williams-Sonoma. San Francisco: 2004. First printing. 4to. Boards. Pp. 192. Illustrated. Glossary. Index. Fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $12.00

Toynbee, Philip (edited by). The Distant Drum, Reflections on the Spanish Civil War. London: Sidgwick & Jackson. 1976. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. 192. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Biographical Notes on Contributors (Hugh Thomas, Claud Cockburn, Brian Crozier, Peter Kemp, among others). Index. Edges foxed; else fine copy in dust-jacket. $55.00

Worsley, T. C.: Fellow Travellers, A Memoir of the Thirties. London Magazine Editions. London: 1971. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. 250, (ii). Fine copy in dust-jacket. $55.00

Worsley went to Spain and served as an ambulance driver during the Civil War. This novel is based on his experiences. It follows the progress of five young Englishmen who volunteer to aid the Republican cause.

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A few interesting Films and Recordings

Amic/Amat. Directed by Ventura Pons. Strand Releasing. 2001. Starring: Mario Gas, Josep Maria Pou, Rosa María Sardà, David Selvas, Sergi Dauder. 90 minutes. DVD. In Catalan with English subtitles. Fine copy with the original artwork. $25.00

CarandiruCarandiru. Directed by Hector Babenco. Based on the book Estaçao Carandiru by Drauzio Varella. Columbia Tristar. 2004. Starring Rodrigo Santoro, Milton Gonçalves, Luiz Carlos Vasconcellos, Maria Luisa Mendonça. 145 minutes. In Portuguese with English subtitles. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

A compelling film about life in a notorious prison in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where during a riot in 1992 111 of the inmates were brutally murdered by an assaulting police squad. The central figure in the drama is a doctor who treats the many ailments of the prisoners and in the process learns some of their stories.

Carnages. Directed by Delphine Gleize. Wellspring. 2002. Starring Chiara Mastroianni, Jacques Gamblin, Julien Lescaret. 130 minutes. In French, Italian, and Spanish, with English subtitles. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $20.00

Cidade de Deus. Directed by Fernando Meirelles. Based on the novel by Paolo Lins. Screenplay by Braulio Mantovani. Miramax. 2002. Starring Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Fermino Da Hora. 130 minutes. In Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $24.00

A remarkable film about two boys from the slums of Rio who take very different paths, although their lives are intertwined and the connection ends only with the death of one of them.

El Crimen del Padre AmaroEl Crimen del Padre Amaro. Directed by Carlos Carrera. Columbia Tristar. 2003. Starring Gael García Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancón, Sancho García, Angélica Aragón, Luisa Huertas, Pedro Armendáriz, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Gastón Melo Damían Alcázar. 119 minutes. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $26.00

Domingo, Plácido: Entre Dos Mundos. Songs by Ernesto Lecuona and others. Sony Masterworks SMK 48479. 1992. Music CD, fine copy with booklet and liner notes. $10.00

Domingo, Plácido: Hommage a Sevilla. Scenes from Don Giovanni, Il Barbiere de Siviglia, La Forza del Destino, El Gato Montés, and arias from Carmen. Wiener Symphoniker, conducted by James Levine. Opera scenes directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. 1992. 60 minutes. VHS tape, fine copy with original artwork. $12.00

Doña Herlinda y Su Hijo. Directed by Jaime Humberto Hermosillo. Based on the novel by Jorge López Páez. Vanguard Cinema. Starring Marco Antonio Treviño, Arturo Meza, Guadalupe del Toro, Leticia Lupercio. 1985. 90 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles. DVD. Fine copy. $22.00

The Devil's BackboneEl Espinazo del Diablo. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Written by Guillermo Del Toro, Antonio Tashorras, David Muñoz. Columbia Tristar. 2001. Starring Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, Federico Iuppi, Iñigo Garcés, Fernando Tielve, Irene Visedo, Berta Ojea. 110 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $22.00

(Fado): Fado, Revista de Fados. Sol Do Adro, Senhora Dona Lisboa, Farrapos De Vida, Fado Falado, Dois Garotos, Moreninha De Travessa, et al. Membran Music: LC 12281. 2 disc set with booklet. Fine. $10.00

Kilometro Zero. Directed by Juan Luis Iborra and Yolanda García Serrano. TLA Releasing. 2000. Starring Concha Velasco, Georges Corraface, Silke, Carlos Fuentes, Mercé Pons, Alberto San Juan. 2000. 105 minutes. In Spanish with optional English subtitles. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $15.00

A number of people, all strangers to each other, arrange to meet at the same time in a central square in Madrid for what they hope will be amorous encounters. However each ends up being paired with the wrong person, with interesting results.

Krámpack. Directed by Cesc Gay. New Yorker Video. 2000. Starring Fernando Ramallo, Jordi Vilches, Marieta Orozco, Esther Nubiola, Chisco Amado, Ana García, Myriam Mezieres. 90 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $28.00

Land and Freedom Directed by Ken Loach. Polygram. 1996. Starring Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor. 1996. 109 minutes. In English and Spanish with subtitles. VHS tape cassette. Fine copy in original slip-case which lacks top flap. $22.00

La lengua de las mariposasLa lengua de las mariposas. Directed by José Luis Cuerda. Based on the book Qué Me Quieres, Amor? by Manual Rivas. Starring Manuel Lozano, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Alexis De Los Santos. Miramax. 1999. 94 minutes. Color. DVD with widescreen format. In Spanish with optional English subtitles. Fine copy with original liner notes. $30.00

La Mala Educacíon. Directed by Pedro Almodovar. Sony. 2004. Starring Fele Martinez, Gael García Bernal, Francisco Boira, Javier Cámara, Juan Fernández, Alberto Ferreiro. 105 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with the original artwork. $26.00

El Mar Directed by Augustin Villarongas. Based on the novel by Blai Bonet. Starring Roger Casamajor, Bruno Bergonzini, Antonia Torrens. Picture This. 2000. 107 minutes. In Catalan with English subtitles. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $28.00

Y Tu Mamá También. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. MGM. 2002. Starring Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna. 105 minutes. Color. In Spanish with English subtitles. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork which is slightly worn. $18.00

To purchase, please send me an e-mail from my Ordering page. You are also most welcome to telephone me if you have any questions or comments: 1-603-547-2425. I am always eager to talk about books! Thank you for your interest and support.

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