New stamp featuring Celestina (Valencia, Joan Joffre, 1514)

Last 23rd of May, the Spanish Post made available this stamp featuring the title-page of the Valencia, Joan Joffre, 1514 edition of Celestina. It celebrates the yearly Festival Celestina, which takes place every August since 1996 in La Puebla de Montalbán, and about which we have talked more than once in this blog (here, here, here and here).

44310644According to the description available at the website, the heart-shaped lock represents the impossible love of Calisto and Melibea, while the colour choice (purple) is a reference to the importance of this colour in the Middle Ages.

This is not the first time Celestina appears on a stamp. In 1998, the Spanish Post also issued a stamp devoted to this work.

Celestinesque anecdotes: The day Joseph Snow had to deny his death

Today, the 28th of March 2015, the subscribers of the Mediber mailing-list received a sad annoucement: Joseph Thomas Snow had died. The commotion lasted only about twenty minutes, until Joseph Snow himself replied to the mailing-list stating, with a great sense of humour, that the rumours of his death had been greatly exaggerated.

Where did the news come from then? Apparently, an obituary for another Joseph Snow this one Joseph A. Snow appeared on the 5th of March 2015 in The Augusta Chronicle and assumptions were made too hastily; “our” Joseph Snow being such an important figure in the celestinesque community.

What I find more disturbing about this anecdote is that, while searching for the obituary source of this misunderstanding, I discovered that a man also named Joseph Thomas Snow, and also addressed to as “Joe”, died in 2011, so that if you enter “Joseph T. Snow” + “obituary” in Google Google’s personalised search notwithstanding the very first result is precisely the 2011 obituary of “the other” Joseph T. Snow. The world is full of coincidences.

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