Canto General is Pablo Neruda's tenth book of poems. It was first published in Mexico in 1950, by Talleres Gráficos de la Nación. Neruda began to compose it in 1938.
"Canto General" ("General Song") consists of 15 sections, 231 poems, and more than 15,000 lines. This work attempts to be a history or encyclopedia of the entire American Western Hemisphere, or New World, from a Hispanic American perspective.
Manuscript on vellum. Headlines in red; initials in gold and various colors; coat of arms (apparently of a lady of the Painel-Marcel family) in gold and colors on first leaf. Dessus and bassus parts on confronting pages; the bassus part principally vocal. Mosaic binding by Trautz-Bauzonnet, dated 1854, with monogram of the Comte de Lurde; inserted is a ms. note by the binder, reading "Les airs de la cour manuscrit Jarry ... est la reliure qui m'a donné le plus de satisfaction et je la regarde comme une des mes meilleures productions. G. Trautz."
Baron d'Heis, J. J. de Bure l'ainé (inscription on flyleaf), Comte de Lurde (bookplate), Baron de Ruble, Robert Hoe (bookplate), C.F. Bishop (bookplate), L. Wilmerding (bookplate).
Library of Congress. Lessing J. Rosenwald collection, 1415.