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Spanish Drama of the Golden Age, 1562-1850

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Spanish Drama of the Golden Age

Explanatory Note and Acknowledgments : Spanish Drama of the Golden Age

This catalogue is intended to serve mainly as an accompanying guide for the user of the comedia collection of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, in its microfilm form available from Research Publications, Inc. (now Primary Source Microfilm, an imprint of the Gale Group). Sufficient bibliographical information has been included, however, to provide the individual user, when the microfilm set is not available, with an accurate description of the contents of the collection.

The catalogue describes the holdings of the collection in editions up to the year 1846. The two large seventeenth-century collections, the Comedias nuevas escogidas and the Comedias varias, a collection of sueltas gathered by the Viennese Counts of Harrach, appear first. Individual authors partes and singly bound plays follow alphabetically arranged. Sueltas of a known author have been included in this section only if the author is represented by other works. Modern binders volumes and single bound sueltas are next. The shelf order in which they are arranged at the University Libraries is maintained. A few works relating to the comedia, and modern collections of the comedia are last. The Sancha edition of Lope de Vegas complete works has been included in toto rather than including only those volumes which contain dramatic pieces. Some original editions of a few of Lopes non-dramatic works are also present because of their biographical interest or relationship with his dramatic production.

The works contained in each volume appear under the title and author listed in the table of contents. Any variants present on the title page of each individual play or item, as well as any additions not listed in the table of contents, have been inserted in brackets. In the Comedias varias bracketed information indicates an addition from the running head. The words comedia, tragicomedia, etc., when they form part of a title, have been normally omitted from our classification. If the order in which items are listed on the table of contents does not reflect the actual binding order of the items contained in a volume, it has been changed to agree with the order of appearance. If the table of contents is wanting, titles have been extracted from individual title pages or, in their defect, from the running head. In this case, only the title proper is included omitting any sub-headings.

Exact orthography is transcribed. Lines in capitals are reproduced in lower case except for proper names. All other capitals have been transcribed as they appear in the original.

Comedias have been assigned a number for purposes of classification. Loas and entremeses that accompany a comedia are not listed separately either in the bibliographical section or in the title index. Non-dramatic pieces have been assigned an alphabetical subindex. If, however, all letters of the alphabet have been used under one number, a new number is introduced in the sequence even if it does not correspond to a dramatic piece. (It has been necessary in a small number of cases to ascribe subindexes to dramatic pieces due to errors in numbering.)

Except for the Comedias varias, when a binders volume is clearly and discernibly composed of sueltas, it has been noted in brackets following the binders title. No effort has been made to determine if a volume is composed of sueltas except when its outer physical appearance and the colophon clearly indicate a collection of single plays. Sueltas, except for the Comedias varias, have been classified as follows if several authors are included in the same volume:

Comedias Antiguas de Varios Ingenios [Tomo 1]
[Binders title. Composed of sueltas.]

(2734) Como han de ser los amigos, y el non plus ultra
de la amistad. Del maestro Tirso de Molina.
Barcelona, Francisco Suriá y Burgada for la Compañia,

(2735) Amor, astucia y valor. De don Pedro de Leyva, y
de D. Pedro Correa. Barcelona, Francisco Suria y
Burgada for la Compañia, n.d.

(2736) A lo que obligan los zelos. De don Fernando
Zerate [sic]. Barcelona, Francisco Suria y Burgada
for la Compañia, n.d.

Sueltas belonging to the same author and bound together are classified thus:

Vega Carpio, Lope Félix de
Comedias sueltas [Binders title]. [Composed of sueltas.]

(2478) La moza de cántaro. Comedia en cinco actos. De
Lope De Vega Carpio, y refundida por don Cándido María
Trigueros. Valencia, Imprenta del Diario, n.d.

(2479) La fianza satisfecha. Valladolid, Alonso del
Riego, n.d.

(2480) Servir a buenos. N.p., Castillo, n.d.

(2481) Sancho Ortiz de la Roelas, tragedia, arreglada
por con Candido Maria Trigueros. Valencia,
Ildefonso Monpié for Domingo y Monpié, 1818.

In those sueltas where two or more libreros appear in the colophon only the first one is included in the transcription.

Two volumes originally published as two separate pieces but bound together by the collector are listed thus:

Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de
Comedias, y entremeses de Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, el autor del Don Quijote, divididas en dos tomos, con una dissertacion, o prologo sobre las Comedias de España. [Tomo I] Madrid, Antonio Marin for Manuel Ignacio de Pinto, 1749.

Contents: (1503a) Prologo del que hace imprimir este Libro [Ocho comedias, y entremeses, nuevos, nunca representados, compuestas por Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra En Madrid, por la Viuda de Alonso Martin. A costa de Juan de Villarroel, Mercader de Libros. Vendense en su casa en la Plazuela del Angel. Tom. I.] (1503b) Dedicatoria al Conde de Lemos. (1503c) Prólogo al lector. [Comedias] (1504) El Gallardo Español. (1505) La Casa de los zelos [y selvas de Ardenia]. (1506) Los Baños de Argèl. [Entremeses] (1507) El Juez de los Divorcios. (1508) El Rufian viudo [Ilamado Trampagos]. (1509) La Eleccion de los Alcaldes de Daganzo. (1510) La Guarda cuidadosa. (1511) El Vizcaìno fingido.


Comedias, y entremeses de Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, el autor del Don Quixote [Tomo II] Madrid, Antonio Marin for Manuel Ignacio de Pinto, 1749.

Contents: [Comedias] (1512) El Rufian dichoso. (1513) La Gran Sultana Doña Cathalina de Oviedo. (1514) El Laberinto de Amor. (1515) La Entretenida. (1516) Pedro de Urde malas [sic]. [Entremeses]

The title index comprises only those items which are described in the contents listing of each card. Main title entries are not included, as these may be located in the main catalogue under the authors name (e.g., Vega Carpio, Lope de. La dorotea, El peregrino en su patria, etc.). Titles of dramatic pieces are entered under the predominant orthography. Modern spelling is given only when it seems to appear at least the same number of times as other forms.

Non-dramatic pieces are not included in the title index but important authors have an entry in this section, incorporating those items of biographical or bibliographical interest which appear in the contents listing of each card. Loas and entremeses adjunct to a comedia do not have a separate entry. In all other cases they appear under the title except when the word loa or extremés forms part of the title proper in which instance they will be listed under Loa or Entremés.

Common bibliographical sources have been freely consulted to verify many details. The following, however, have been particularly helpful: Cayetano Alberto de la Barrera y Leirado, Catálogo bibliográfico y biográfico del teatro antiguo español, desde sus orígenes hasta mediados, del siglo XVIII (Madrid, 1860); Emilio Cotarelo y Mori, Catálogo descriptive de la gran colección de comedias escogidas que consta de cuarenta y ocho volúmenes, impresos de 1652 a 1764 (Madrid, 1932); Hugo A. Rennert, Bibliography of the Dramatic Works of Lope de Vega Carpio (New York, 1915).

A special debt of gratitude is owed to Dr. Joseph B. Spieker, of the Catholic University of America, for allowing us to use, in the preliminary preparation of this project, his unpublished manuscript of a descriptive catalogue of the collection. Mr. Lyman W. Riley, Head of the Cataloguing Department, and Mr. David K. Kagan have provided much needed guidance in determining cataloguing format. For locating a large number of items that would have otherwise eluded the attention of the author, we are indebted to Dr. Neda M. Westlake, Curator of the Rare Book Collection, and her staff.

Professor Arnold G. Reichenberger and Mr. Bernard J. Ford, Assistant Director of Libraries, have offered constant counsel and encouragement.

I would express special thanks to Miss Daphne J. Mackey who prepared the typescript and rendered competent assistance in the compilation of the indexes. Her continued personal interest and dedication to this project have been an invaluable aid to the author.

José M. Regueiro
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
August, 1971