Lancaster, CA: Labyrinthos, 2007. First edition. Softcover. 8vo. XXXIX, 256 pp. Original printed wraps. Photographic frontispiece of Henry J. Leir. Tenth volume in the "Henry J. Leir Library of Sephardica: Text and Studies" series. Epic poem by Antonio Enriques Gómez based on the biblical story of Samson, as noted in Lazar's introduction. "In his prologue to "Samson Nazareno," Gómez clearly insinuates why at this time in his Converso situation he chooses a biblical episode in which Samson represents his own repressed and enchained psyche in the shadow of the Spanish Inquisition and the treachery of his beloved Dalila, i.e., Spain." Illustrated with b/w reproductions of the title-page and all plates from the original 1656 edition. Introduction in English with some Spanish; text in Spanish. In fine condition. vg. Item #26648
Antonio Enríquez Gómez (c. 1601 – c. 1661), Spanish dramatist, poet and novelist of Portuguese-Jewish origin, known in the early part of his career as Enríque Enríquez de Paz. As an army captain, he was suspected of heresy, fled to France about 1636, assumed the name of Antonio Enríquez Gómez, and became majordomo to Louis XIII, to whom he dedicated Luis dado de Dios 4 Anna (Paris, 1645). Some twelve years later he moved to Amsterdam, avowed his conversion to Judaism, and was burned in effigy in Seville on April 14, 1660.