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HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de (1559-1625). Historia General de los hechos de los Castellanos en las islas I tierra firme del mar Oceano. Madrid: Jose Flamenco, 1601.
Parts 3 and 4 only (of 8), 2° (292 x 206 mm). Two engraved titles. (First title somewhat worn at edges, intermittently pale dampstaining, browning, and spotting.) Contemporary limp vellum (worn).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS “HUGE WORK OF ERUDITION” (Delgado-Gomez). A highly important collection of Spanish narratives of exploration and conquest, drawing on some sources no longer extant. An essential work for the study of the discovery, conquest and colonization of America. (See next lot for the first edition in French.) Alden & Landis 601/42; Delgado-Gomez 46; JCB (3) II:9-10; Medina BHA 455; Sabin 31544; Wagner Southwest 12.
[Bound with:] HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de. Descripcion de las indias occidentales. Madrid: Jose Flamenco, 1601.
2°. Engraved title and 14 engraved folding maps.
FIRST EDITION, issued as a supplement to the preceding. Of the world map, Burden writes: “it is scarce. There were further editions of the book in Spain, and translations elsewhere; however, it was not until 1622 that the maps were used again to accompany the text. These were [then] taken from new plates” (Burden 140). Alden & Landis 601/41; Burden 140-142; Sabin 31539 (“this work should go with the General History, and is usually bound at the end of the second volume after the fourth Decade”); Wagner Southwest 12n.
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