• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 304

    SOLIS DE RIBADENEYRA, Antonio de (1610-1686). The History of the Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards. Translated by Thomas Townsend, Esq; The whole Translation Revised and Corrected by Nathanael Hooke. London: printed for H. Lintot, J. Whiston and others, 1753.

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    SOLIS DE RIBADENEYRA, Antonio de (1610-1686). The History of the Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards. Translated by Thomas Townsend, Esq; The whole Translation Revised and Corrected by Nathanael Hooke. London: printed for H. Lintot, J. Whiston and others, 1753.

    2 volumes, 8o (198 x 122 mm). 2-page advertisements at front of volume 2. Folding engraved portrait frontispiece of Cortés after a painting by Titian and 8 folding engraved plates and maps. (Some minor dampstaining in volume 2.) Contemporary speckled calf, spines gilt (light wear at corners). Provenance: John Ward (armorial bookplate).

    Third edition in English of de Solis' historical account of the three years between the appointment of Cortés as commander of the invading Spanish forces and the fall of Mexico city, first published in Spanish in Mexico in 1684. The work proved to be extremely popular, with translations into French in 1691, Italian in 1699, and English in 1724. Hooke's revision of Townsend's English translation was first published in 1738. The plates illustrate views of Mexico City, as well as Cortés meeting King Montezuma II, and King Guatimozin being captured by García Holguin. Sabin 86491. (2)


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