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[Villancicos, Eglogas and Canciones sung and danced in Naples] Qüestión de amor. Agora nuevamente impresso:… by [Cardona Alonso de] - 1545 - from Chartaphilus - Libri antichi e rari (SKU: 6)

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[Villancicos, Eglogas and Canciones sung and danced in Naples] Qüestión de amor. Agora nuevamente impresso: con algunas chosas añadidas

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4° (mm 185x135); cc. LXXIIII. Caratteri gotici; titolo e anno impressi in rosso, entro cornice silografica a quattro scomparti e con bellissimo legno centrale; al verso dell'ultima carta, marca tipografica silografica. Legatura ottocentesca in mezza pelle. Bell'esemplare, nonostante i margini non amplissimi.

Very rare edition of the earlier Spanish sentimental romance, originally published in Valencia in 1513.

About the authorship of Qüestión de amor, one of the most intriguing among the Spanish sentimental romances:

"In a series of articles on the authorship of the earlier sentimental romance Qüestión de amor, I suggested first that the anonymous author was a member of the aristocratic Cardona family (1994a) basing this attribution on a series of clues deeply imbedded within the text itself – in other words, evidence interior to the work. Furthermore, I suggested that the author was the poet Alonso de Cardona whose work was found in the Cancionero General of 1511 (1994b and 2006). Finally, using evidence exterior to the work I determined that the poet and author of Qüestión de amor Alonso de Cardona was Alonso Folch de Cardona y Fajardo, hereditary Almirante de Aragón and lord of Guadalest (2011). Since the publication of the results of this research yet another fact has come to light which, when added to all other evidence, makes the case for his authorship even more convincing. The authorial voice of Qüestión is that of the character Vasquirán whose beloved Violina has died immediately before the action of the work begins, that is, in 1508. If to prove authorship it is necessary or desirable to find correspondences of the author's life in that of Vasquirán (beyond those found within the text which identify Vasquirán-author as a Cardona), we can now add this fact: 1508 was also the year of the death of Isabel Ruiz de Liori, the wife of Alonso Folch de Cardona y Fajardo. Thus both Vasquirán, the authorial voice, and the author himself exist in parallel states of mourning, the former for the death of Violina, the latter for the death of Isabel Ruiz de Liori. The weight of evidence for Alonso de Cardona's authorship of Qüestión de amor now appears conclusive" (G.P. Andrachuk, Juan de Cardona, Tratado notable de amor, and the Moncada Connection, "eHumanista", 21, 2012, p. 469).

Among the Spanish sentimental romances, Qüestión de amor stands out as one of the most intriguing. It is so not only because almost every element of the narrative invites the involvement of the reader, but also because the early dismissive criticism of this romance has given way to an increasing appreciation of its importance as a work of metafiction. Michael Gerli rightly points out that the author of Qüestión makes 'an attempt to merge text with experience and make indistinct the borders separating reality from fiction while remaining aware of the artifice required to do so'. Indeed, the author's awareness of his rôle in creating fiction is intimately linked both to his purpose in writing Questión de amor and to his use of a superficial but fascinating stratagem: the documentation of a specific courtly milieu in a way designed to provide entertainment for the courtiers in Naples, and for those who knew them. The ludic aspect of Qüestión, that is, the matching of identities and amorous liaisons at the court of Naples, is promoted through the use of pseudonyms for the courtiers, although the author provides the means to their decoding through easy clues: the colours worn by the characters, and the first letters of their fictitious and real names. Early critics of this work were much attracted to this dimension of Questión, partly because the courtiers who figure in this work are important in a historical sense. Among others we find Bona Sforza, future Queen of Poland, the poet Vittoria Colonna, Cardinal Luis de Borgia and the Viceroy Ramón de Cardona.

Benedetto Croce, che ne fu il primo esegeta, definì la Question de amor come "romanzo a chiave", per il particolare tipo di intreccio narrativo. Gli studi e l'edizione critica recente di Carla Perugini (Question de amor, Estudio crítico, edición y notas de C. Perugini, Salamanca 1995, pp. 9-29) hanno consentito di sciogliere gran parte dei dubbi che erano rimasti insoluti in questo prosimetrum (composto, cioè, di prosa e versi), pressoché un unicum nel panorama delle lettere rinascimentali. L'ossatura narrativa è costituita da una disputa amorosa, la question, tra due amici innamorati. Al primo, Vasquiran, era morta la sua adorata moglie Violina, una spagnola ch'egli aveva rapita di Spagna col suo consenso quand'era ragazza e portata in Sicilia. L'altro protagonista, Flamiano, serve la bella Belisena senza speranza di ottenerne l'amore. Questa lo ha infatti respinto invitandolo a trovare un'amante sua pari. I due discutono attraverso una serie di epistole su qual sia la più gran pena d'amore: se aver persa la donna amata morta per sempre, oppure amare senza speranza una dama che si continua a servire ogni giorno.

Su questo filo argomentale l'autore ci presenta un quadro abbastanza completo dell'aristocratica società ispano-italiano dell'epoca, tessendo così un vero e proprio 'romanzo di costume' della vita di corte a Napoli nei primi anni del '500. I nomi dei protagonisti, per maggior complicazione, sono leggermente camuffati, ma una volta chiariti sono essi ad attrarre la nostra attenzione: i protagonisti sono infatti niente meno che Bona Sforza (Belisena) con sua madre Isabella (detta Duchessa de Mailano) con la corte, le feste, i balli e i divertimenti della vita quotidiana di una Napoli idealizzata. "In quanto novella di costume, la Question de amor si presenta come una miniera di notizie sugli aspetti esterni della vita sociale nella Napoli del primo Cinquecento [...]. L'anonimo autore dimostra una perfetta conoscenza dell'ambiente di corte napoletano, degli usi e costumi locali; difatti il principale personaggio femminile, Belisena, non è altro che Bona Sforza, figlia del duca di Milano, Gian Galeazzo Sforza, e di Isabella d'Aragona. [...] Intorno a Bona Sforza si muovono i personaggi più noti della corte napoletana, dal viceré don Ramón de Cadorna, a Luis Borgia cardinale di Valencia, Fabrizio e Prospero Colonna, Ettore e Guido Fieramosca, i principi di Bisignano e Melfi, il marchese di Pescara e tanti altri membri dell'élite cortigiana; fra le dame troviamo le due 'tristi regine', Giovanna d'Aragona madre e figlia, Vittoria Colonna marchesa di Pescara, Costanza d'Avalos, e molte altre. Personaggi presentati tutti nel loro vivere quotidiano, narrati nella scelta dei vestiti, dei colori, dei motti con cui si adornano, quasi smitizzati attraverso l'effimero della moda, che ci viene presentata come qualcosa di solenne e ineluttabile, alla quale l'autore dedica attenzione e cura" (C. Martín, Cerimoniale di corte e descrizioni suntuarie nella "Question de Amor", in Mélanges de l'Ecole française de Rome. Italie et Méditerranée, Année 1992, Volume 104, Numéro 2, pp. 768-69.

Palau, 243460; Pérez Pastor, 50. Cfr. https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.31819/9783865279408-003/html; http://www.cervantesvirtual.com/obra/question-de-amor-1513-las-tareas-que-asigna-al-lector-y-sus-implicaciones-a-partir-de-la-egloga-que-incluye; https://muse.jhu.edu/article/429799/pdf; https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1475382922000369335; https://www.researchgate.net/publication/310673619_Alonso_de_Cardona_el_autor_de_la_Question_de_amor_88_paginas.

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Title
[Villancicos, Eglogas and Canciones sung and danced in Naples] Qüestión de amor. Agora nuevamente impresso: con algunas chosas añadidas
Author
[Cardona Alonso de]
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por Pedro de Castro impressor de libros. A costa de Juan de Espinosa mercader de libros
Place of Publication
Medina del Campo
Date Published
1545
Keywords
Spanish Literature Music

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