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THE SPANISH HAMLET, INSCRIBED BY COELLO El Príncipe Hámlet

William Shakespeare; Carlos Coello
Carlos Coello’s pioneering Spanish rewrite of Shakespeare’s tragedy, inscribed in the year of publication to a friend: ‘Al Sr D Martin Venera, re… Read more
Published in 1872 by Jose Rodriguez, Calvario.
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Carlos Coello’s pioneering Spanish rewrite of Shakespeare’s tragedy, inscribed in the year of publication to a friend: ‘Al Sr D Martin Venera, recuerdo d[] son amigo afectisimo/ Carlos/ Madrid... 1872’

Modern red buckram, bookplate of Libreria Miguel Miranda to the front pastedown. Old vertical fold to title page which is browned and marked close to the outer corners. Finger marking close to the margin of several of the early pages: [8] pp86. A further 40 blanks pack out the book to the rear.

El Principe Hamlet by Coello (1850-1888) premiered in Madrid on November 22, 1872 and according to Juan Jesus Zaro-Vera is ‘unique in the history of Spanish translations and adaptations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The play reflects Spain’s late introduction to Shakespeare’s work, in comparison to other European countries. In the Prologue, Coello... calls Shakespeare “the English Calderón,”... in this way, El príncipe Hamlet becomes a rewrite of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, emblematic of the Spanish theatrical tradition of the Golden Age... The Spanish theatre of the 19th century, with its romantic and nationalistic bent, looked to its own 16th and 17th century plays as models, rather than importing foreign works. Nevertheless, Coello’s El príncipe Hamlet exposed the Spanish public to Shakespeare’s work at a time when performances of his plays in Spain were scarce’.


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Publisher Jose Rodriguez, Calvario
Date published 1872
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Product code 8373


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