Cádiz: Revista Médica, 1847. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. Item #23469 .
12mo. 224pp. followed by 29pp of appendices. Contemporary quarter leather, spine gilt, marbled ans embossed paper over boards, marbled endpapers and edges. Inner hinge and spine neatly mended, edges worn, else this is a very good copy.
The scarce first printing of Castro's groundbreaking History of the Jews in Spain. A member of the Royal Academy, he was so impartial that he felt a need to remark on page 8: "Escribo esta historia sin pasion, ni artificio, como de cosas que nada me tocan. Ni soi judio, ni vengo de judaizantes" (I write this history dispassionately and without craft, as concerning things that do not touch me. I am not a Jew, nor am I of Jewish descent.) Unlike others who followed him, he condemned the Inquisition. His HIstory was translated into English in 1851 by Rev. Edward Kirwan, Cambridge. In Spanish.