Dedication manuscript for an Silesian-born educator in Chile

[Adametz, Teresa, Chilean educator (1846-1917)]. Lira Chilena. El 3er Curso de la Escuela Normal de Preceptoras. Dedica este pequeño trabajo a su noble i abnegada Directtora Sta. Teresa Adametz.

Santiago de Chile, 15. X. 1888.

4to. Spanish manuscript on paper. 189 written pages on 97 ff. within black ink rules. Contemporary full leather binding over bevelled wooden boards, title and lyre design giltstamped to upper cover, Chilean arms to lower cover, floral ornamentation and title "Poesias" to spine. Gilt dentelle along bevelled outer as well as inner edges. All edges goffered and gilt.


Dedication manuscript for Miss Teresa (Therese) Adametz, director of Santiago's pioneering teacher training college "Escuela Normal de Preceptoras" between 1885 and 1890. In 1910, the writer, educator and later Nobel laureate Gabriela Mistrál would receive her long-sought degree from this institution.

The volume constitutes an anthology of Chilean poetry, each section introduced by a brief outline of the life of the respective writer, including such poets as Eusebio Lillo, Isidoro Errázuriz, or Luis Rodriguez Velasco. Penned in fine and regular cursive calligraphy, with blackletter headlines decorated with ornamental penwork flourishes, this sumptuously bound volume was produced by the college's third class as a gift for the Silesian-born educator Adametz, formerly in charge of an Austrian girls' boarding school for the daughters of military officers (cf. Actividades femeninas en Chile [Santiago 1928], pp. 145f.). The dedicatory poem is signed "Rita Gomez Oviedo", while the final entry ("[L]a escuela qué goces") is signed "Pilar Montecinos C.".

An old stamped shelfmark "5.164" to the lower edge of the title-page. Beautifully preserved.

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