Editorial Alas, 1946. First Spanish language edition. Plain wrappers (6” x 8 ¾”) printed in blue, 183,  pp. Some toning and smudging to wrappers, but a VG+ copy. Only eight copies of this edition found in WorldCat institutions. In Spanish.
Ten short stories by the enigmatic B. Traven translated from the German by Esperanza López Mateos who later became his literary agent and secretary. Mateos was almost single-handedly responsible for the translation of Traven into Spanish, and along with Canasta, she translated six other titles for various Mexican publishers including his most famous work, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which was published the same year (1946).
This collection includes La Canasta, No hay burro que se regale, San Antonio le falló, Un negocio malísimo, Una solución inesperada, Alma de perro, Una medicina muy efective, La historia de una bomba, Ceremonia legeramente retardada, and Así nació un nuevo Dios. The titular story, “La Canasta” was first published in German in 1930 as “Die Großindustrielle” and later translated into English as “Assembly Line” (p. 74, Pateman). A film version was directed by Julio Bracho in 1956. An uncommon Traven title. [Treverton, 991]. Item #05761