Zaragosa: Imprenta del Rey nuestro Señor, 1766. First edition. Three folding plates, with five tables. H2 torn near gutter and expertly repaired, affecting a few letters. A very good, crisp copy. Contemporary mottled calf. Gilt spine, with much of the gilt worn away, edges stained red. Small quarto. 132 pp. Item #13286
This is a history of the peasant uprising at Saragossa, capital of Aragon, in 1766, which followed shortly after the riot of Esquilache in Madrid. The Esquilache riot is famously depicted in a painting by Goya, who witnessed the event. These occurrences were precipitated by a succession of bad years for the harvests and unpopular economic reforms. The Jesuits were said to be behind them, and King Carlos decreed their expulsion shortly thereafter. The tables in this book give information on the men involved in quelling the Saragossa riot and bringing the perpetrators to justice. Sebastian y Latre (d. 1792) also wrote a book about eighteenth-century Spanish drama, and various books about Saragossa events of his day.