San Juan: Pava Prints, 1962. First Edition Thus. Quarto (29cm). Blue paper over boards; white endpapers printed in red; 33,pp; 20 mounted serigraphs (printed in gilt and four colors) by Irene Delano. Bilingual, with Spanish and English printed in two columns. Musical compositions throughout by Jack Delano. Signed by the author on front flyleaf. Light fading to spine, minor wear at head, tail, and lower edge, internally clean and bright: overall a lovely copy, Very Good or better.
First produced as a radio play in 1954, with an original score by Jack Delano, Blanco's collection of Epiphany stories has become one of the great classics of Puerto Rican literature. Delano (1914-1997), whose first training was as a composer, rose to prominence as a photographer on the FSA projects of the thirties. After the dissolution of the FSA in 1940, Delano and his wife (illustrator and printmaker Irene Delano) moved to Puerto Rico, where they spent the rest of their lives. Jack Delano went on to gain eminence as a composer of orchestral and vocal music, much of it influenced by the folk music of his adopted homeland. .