CASTILIAN DAYS

(Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1871).

AN AMERICAN STATESMAN'S ACCOUNT OF SPAIN AT A TURNING-POINT. Hay first became known in politics as one of President Lincoln's two personal secretaries but would eventually, after a long career in diplomacy, serve as Secretary of State for both William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.
In 1869 Hay obtained the post of Secretary of Legation in Spain. His interest in serving there was largely due to the ongoing political situation there. Queen Isabella II had recently been deposed and the U.S. Minister to Spain was the swashbuckling former congressman, General Daniel Sickles. Hay and Sickles hoped to gain U.S. control over Cuba. Their attempt failed, but Hay stayed in his post till September of 1870. This book, based on a series of magazine articles he wrote while in Madrid, comes from that time.
The political situation in Spain remained unsteady, with the assassination of Marshal Juan Prim and the accession of King Amadeus, but the author saw no need to change his views formed and expressed here in regard to Spanish political life. He states, "There are those who think the Spaniards are not fit for freedom. I believe that no people are fit for anything else." Item #30801

First edition. 8vo, publisher's original green cloth, the spine gilt lettered, the upper cover with gilt signature facsimile within gilt frame. [iv], 414 pp. A very nice copy, the green cloth is still very bright and fresh with fine gilt, the hinges are strong and sturdy. the text with little or no toning, minor foxing to the edges of some leaves. Discreet church notation in manuscript on the free-fly and small ink stamp on t.p.

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