The Three-Cornered Hat, 1927 first English edition, by Pedro Antonio de Alarcon.


Written by Pedro Antonio de Alarcon. Translated to English by Martin Armstrong. Illustrated by Norman Tealby. First English edition, 1927. Gerald Howe LTD, London.

The Three-Cornered Hat is a novel by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, published in 1874. It is a humorous satire of the corruption and abuse of power of a local official in 18th-century Andalusia. The novel follows the misadventures of a miller and his wife, who are harassed by the lustful and tyrannical corregidor (magistrate) who tries to seduce her by swapping his three-cornered hat with her husband's. The novel is based on a popular tradition and has a simple and linear plot. It has been adapted into musical compositions, ballets, and films.

Pedro Antonio de Alarcon was a Spanish novelist, journalist and poet. He was born in Guadix, near Granada, in 1833. He is best known for his novel El Sombrero de Tres Picos, The Three-Cornered Hat, published in 1874, which depicts the life and customs of his native Andalusia. He also wrote El Escándalo (The Scandal) and El Niño de la Bola (The Infant with the Globe), as well as travel books, short stories and essays. He served as a volunteer in the Moroccan campaign of 1859-60 and wrote a vivid account of his experience in Diario de un Testigo de la Guerra de Africa (Diary of a Witness). He died in Valdemoro, Spain, in 1891.

British illustrator and translator Norman Tealby (1885 - 1951) is best known for his illustrations of works by Voltaire, in particular "Candide", which he also translated into English along with Richard Aldington. His drawings are characterized by pen and black ink, brush and wash techniques.
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Condition*: Very Good. Missing dust jacket. Black cloth cover boards: Embossed floral pattern on front cover, gold lettering on spine; small white spot on front; light fading on spine and edges; corners lightly bumped; light shelf wear. Howe published the book both with and without gilding the floral pattern. Textblock: Stained gray on top edge; deckled edges on fore edge and bottom. Color illustrations are laid in, and complete. Pages are clean, complete, and undamaged.

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