Item #308 [DISASTER REPORTS].
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Floods, Conflagrations, and Earthquakes in Southern Europe and North Africa, 1748-1763: Ten Disaster Reports, Six Printed by Women.

[DISASTER REPORTS]

A fascinating Sammelband of ten mid-18th-century Spanish-language disaster reports. Two of the publications are dispatches printed in Spain on the infamous Lisbon earthquake of 1755. Four others report the destruction and privation from the same catastrophic event in the cities of Seville, Granada, and the Algerian city of Oran. The remaing pamphlets report on a disastrous fire in Madrid in 1763, downpours and flooding in Seville in 1758, and the Montesa earthquake, centered near Valencia, in 1748. The pamphlets were clearly collected early on, as there is evidence of uniform marbling to the fore-edge; our group of ten ephemeral works was likely subtracted from an even larger collection of related reports. Such thematic Sammelbände were not uncommon, but few have survived the irreversible process of disbinding and piecemeal dispersal. The Lisbon earthquake would be the natural focal point of a mid-18th-century collection of news reports on disasters: not only was it one of the most destructive and lethal natural catastrophes of modern times, it also marked the end of a Spanish and Portuguese publishing phenomenon of ephemeral literature predicting calamity on astrological principles: no one could have imagined the devastation wrought by the series of quakes and the resulting tsunami on the first day of November 1755 and the days following, and it essentually put a stop (for a while) to the publishing niche of the foretelling of disaster. It did not stop so-called "earthquake theology"—the unofficial but common assertion by the clergy that the events at Lisbon and elsewhere were the directs results of sin. Of course the further removed from the epicenter, the easier it was to cast divine blame. That said, the ninth work, on the effects of the Lisbon quake on Oran, Algeria, the anonymous author, while cataloguing the depths of the destruction, admits being unable to reconcile the fact of the indiscriminate effects of devastation—Christians and "infidels" alike had suffered and died in equal measure. Seven of our booklets are composed in verse; six were printed by women; none survive in more than two copies. A most unique collection, focused on the Lisbon quake and proximate disaster areas, but with reports on unrelated natural calamities in the decade before and after the salient event.  


Contents:
1. Relacion nueva, que describe el lamentable estrago, que produxo el Fuego el dia 9 de Septiembre del presente año de 1763 en la Iglesia Parroquial de Santa Cruz de la Corte de Madrid. [Sl., sn., c1763]. (4) pp.
2. Breve compendio de las innumerables lamentables ruìnas, y lastimosos estragos, que à la violencia, y conjuracion de todos quatro Elementos, experimentò la Gran Ciudad, y Corte de Lisboa, el dia primero de Noviembre de este año de 1755. Barcelona: Teresa Piferrer, "vendese en su misma casa," [1755]. (8) pp.
3. Nueva relacion de lo acaecido en la Ciudad de Lisboa, Corte de el Fidelissimo Rey de Portugal, el dia primero de Noviembre de este año, en la Conjuracion de todos quatro Elementos, que le acometieron en el Terremoto, Aire, Fuego, y Agua, Temblor, que padeciò à las diez de la mañana; desgracias ocasionadas, con pèrdidas de innumerables Personas, y entre ellas el Eminentisimo Señor Conde de Peraleda, Embaxador de su Magestad Catholica en aquella Corte. Año de 1755. Primera parte. Seville: Joseph Navarro y Armijo, [1755]. (4) pp.
4. Relacion veridica del horroroso Terremoto, que acaeciò en la mui noble, y mui real Ciudad de Sevilla, el dia primero de Noviembre del 1755. Refiere el grandissimo estrago que ha executado, arruinando todos los Templos, y Edificios en 10 minutos que durò. Con lo demàs que verá el curioso Lector. Seville: widow of Diego Lopez de Haro, [1755]. (4) pp.
5. Segunda parte, en que se prosiguen los estragos ocasionados en la Ciudad de Sevilla el dia de todos Santos. 1755. Seville: widow of Diego Lopez de Haro, [1755]. (4) pp.
6. Nueva, y verdadera relacion, que declara las copiosas lluvias, y grandes inundaciones, que ha padecido la Ciudad Sevilla, y sus contornos, los barrios, arrabales, y casas que han estado anegado. Seville, widow of Diego Lopez de Haro, [1758] (4) pp.
7. Sigunda Parte, en que se completan individualmente todas las desgracias, ocasionades en esta Ciudad Sevilla, y sus contormnos, por la inundacion de las aguas, sabidas hasta el dia 11 de Enero de este presente ano de 1758. Seville: widow of Diego Lopez de Haro, [1758] (4) pp.
8. Relacion de lo acaecido en la ciudad de Granada el dia 1 Noviembre de 1755. com el Terremoto, que principio entre 9 y 10 de la manana, duro 10 minutos. Seville: Joseph Navarro [1755]. (4) pp.
9. Verdadera relacion que declara la gran tormenta de aire, relampagos, truenos, rayos, y centellas, qu huvo en la gran plaza de Oran, Terremoto que duro seis minutos; noticiase en ella las muertes, ruinas, y desgracias que huvo a causa de los referidos acontecimientos el dia primero de Noviembre de este 1755. Seville: widow of Diego Lopez de Haro, 1755. 940 pp. 
10. Relacion verdadera de los terremotos padecidos en el Reyno de Valencia desde el dia 23 de Marzo del ano 1748 y de las rogativas qu se hacen en la ciudad de Valencia, y en otras partes de Reyno, a dios Nuestro Senor, para que aplaque su ira y cesse este castigo. Valencia: Joseph Estevan Dolz, (1748). (8) pp.

Ten works in quarto, 203 x 150 x 6 mm (binding), 199 x 146 x 1 mm (text block); one work 18 mm smaller in height and width than its neighbors. Remboîtage cartonnage, unlettered. Interior: Most works bear evidence of having been folded in quarters at an early date: soiling along creases, and a single quadrant darker from exposure; fourth work cropped at fore-edge, with loss of first letter of each line of verso of first leaf; last work guarded at outer conjugate; minor stains and soiling to other pamphlets. All told, the collection is well preserved.

Item #308

Price: $7,500.00