PENSO DE LA VEGA, JOSEPH. Retrato de la Prudencia

AUCTION 4 | Tuesday, March 03rd, 1998 at 1:00
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Lot 115

PENSO DE LA VEGA, JOSEPH. Retrato de la Prudencia

FIRST EDITION ff.(4),pp.116. Modern calf. Sm. 4to

Amsterdam: Joan Bus 1690

Est: $2,500 - $3,000
Eulogizing the wisdom and valor displayed by William of Orange in mounting the throne of England. The author born of a Marrano family, displayed a remarkable versatility of intellect. Aged 17 he penned “Asirei Hatikva” one of the earliest Hebrew dramas. His Confusion de Confusiones (1688) is the first and probably to this day the best work on the workings of the Stock Exchange. Joseph Penso de la Vega died in 1692 when he was little more than forty years of age. “The measure of the loss caused to Spanish literature by his forced expatriation is not easily to be estimated.” C. Roth, A History of the Marranos (1932) pp.336-7