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    Pablo Neruda. Fin de Mundo. [Santiago de Chile]: Edición de la Sociedad de Arte Contemporáneo, 1969. First illustrated edition, papel vergé especial issue, limited to thirty-eight Roman numeral copies, of which this is number XVII, from a total limitation of 937, following thirteen lettered copies on Japon-like paper with 886 on coated paper, signed by the author on the limitation page. Association copy, additionally inscribed by the author for Chilean President Salvador Allende on the preliminary blank: "Para mi / querido Presidente, / Salvador Allende, / con el abrazo y todos los / buenos deseos de su amigo / Pablo Neruda / Diciembre 1970;" with a twelve-line poem in manuscript ink, signed, by Neruda on the fly-title. Folio (14.875 x 8.875 inches; 377 x 225 mm.). 246, [1, blank], [1, limitation], [2, blank] pages (note: pages 1 and 2 are blank); six full-page illustrations on the rectos of the six leaves preceding the fly-title on page [19], signed by Nemesio Antúnez on the page opposite his illustration. Publisher's perfect binding in original white wrappers, printed in purplish red and black; early acetate dust jacket. Spine gently leaning with some minor creasing; front joint creased; soft crease down the center of the rear wrapper; edges lightly worn with a few nicks and short closed tears; fore-edges curling slightly; occasional faint spotting. First few gatherings very slightly sprung; faint marginal soiling throughout. Near fine. Surely among the most significant association copies in all of Latin American literature.

    Pablo Neruda served as a Senator for the Chilean Communist Party from 1945 to 1948, until the Permanent Defense of Democracy Law passed under President Gabriel González Videla outlawed the Communist Party and sent Neruda into exile. The law remained in effect until 1958. In 1969, Neruda ran for President of Chile as the Communist Party's candidate, eventually withdrawing his candidacy to support the Socialist Party's candidate, Salvador Allende. (Jean Franco. The Decline and Fall of the Lettered City. Latin America in the Cold War. Cambridge: 2002. p. 80).

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    Published the same year as a trade edition in Argentina, precedence uncertain.

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