Very Good. Item #6016
Madrid: Real Academia Española, 1925. Quarto; xxii + 1277pp. Full leather with cordovan and black spine labels; gilt lettering and tooling on spine. Entirely in Spanish.
Some scarring and bumps to panel edges and corners. Upper spine label missing central strip. Joints show surface cracking but still solid; hinge papers cracked but still solid. Some signs of earlier glue repair. Initial and final half-dozen pages (including free endpapers) are chipped and creased but have been neatly flattened and aligned. Previous owner's signature and date (Dec. 1925) on title page.
This nearly century-old 15th edition of the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy—equivalent in stature to those from France's Académie Française and Italy's Accademia della Crusca—announces in its Advertencia that it differs more from the immediately preceding edition than ever before in its prestigious evolution. "Se han incluído muchas voces técnicas [y] atención consagrada a los americanismos [y] a las múltiples regiones lingüísticas, aragonesa, leonesa e hispanoamericana." A historically enlightening panorama of the Spanish language wrestling with global linguistic and cultural change. World War I was a recent memory; the Spanish Civil War was around the corner—and educated Spaniards needed new ways of labeling those changes while organizing the vocabulary arriving daily from all the Spanish-speaking new worlds. There were many.