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Pérez de Montalbán, Juan, Para todos, exemplos morales,
The Author of Don Quixot, A Week's Entertainment at a Wedding (London: J. Woodward, 1710).


A| Week's Entertainment| AT A| WEDDING.| CONTAINING| Six Surprizing and Diverting| ADVENTURES| VIZ.| I. Monday. The unhappy Mistakes retriev'd by| good Fortune.| II. Tuesday. The fatal Mischiefs of unbounded Lust.| III. Wednesday. The inhuman Father and bloody Son.| IV. Thursday. The danger of Back-Doors.| V. Friday The lewd Wife, and perfidious Gallant.| VI. Saturday. The generous Robber.| With a most| Diverting Introduction:| Being an Account of a| Spanish Wedding.| [rule]| Written in Spanish by the Author of Don Quixot, and| now first Translated into English.| [rule]| Printed, and Sold by J. Woodward, in St. Christophers-|Alley in Thread-needle-street, 1710.


Titlepage/ p.i-xii preface/ p.1-232/ 8. [Identical print, only new titlepage of The Diverting Works of the Famous Miguel de Cervantes (London: J. Round/ E. Sanger/ A. Collins/ T. Atkinson/ T. Baker, 1709).link].


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Bibliographical reference

W. H. McBurney (1960), p.19: 47a.

History of publication

Cf. source: Juan Perez de Montalban, Para Todos, exemplos morales 1632 or 1633link - possibly based on a French translation like La Semaine de Montalban, ou les Marriages mal-assortis, contenus en huit nouvelles tirées du Para todos du même auteur, traduite de l'espagnol [transl. J. Vanel] (1684).link English translator unknown. Edward Ward ["The Author of the London Spy"] only signs the preface of the 1709 edition: The Diverting Works of the Famous Miguel de Cervantes (London: J. Round/ E. Sanger/ A. Collins/ T. Atkinson/ T. Baker, 1709).link


Title: Collection of "Adventures".


Preface and frame: Marriage of of two couples near Madrid. Each evening one of the noblemen offers a lovestory he has lived through. Emphasis on the strange Spanish customs. The frame gets lost, the stories are not told by first person narrators. It is difficult to say how the text deserve the titlefiction and the individual summaries of the stories. They are all in all Spanish novels of unfortunate love affairs. Jalousy and tragedy get mixed - somtimes we get happy endings, often endings in bloodshed. The last story about an outlawed man falling into the hands of robbers. He becomes the gang's leader, betrays his men (though making it possible that they become soldiers), is rehabilitated and can finally marry his loved one...