9 December 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 20,000
Estimate USD 18,000 - USD 24,000
ZARATE, Augustin de (b.1514). The strange and delectable History of the discoverie and Conquest of the Provinces of Peru. Translated from Spanish into English by Thomas Nicholas. London: Richard Jones, 1581.
Small 4o (178 x 135 mm). Title within historiated woodcut border, second title with woodcut illustration of mines and 7 woodcut illustrations in text (2 repeated). (Two woodcuts and catchwords cropped, some marginal staining, some worming and repairs affecting a few shoulder notes and some letters.) Modern maroon morocco.
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF ONE OF THE EARLIEST HISTORIES OF THE DISCOVERY AND CONQUEST OF PERU. Zarate was sent to Peru in 1543 by Charles V to collect special taxes under the Emperor's "New Laws." He was in Lima at the time of Gonzalo Pizarro's rebellion, and the book ends with the execution of Pizarro and the integration of Peru into the Spanish Empire in 1548. The second title with a large woodcut illustration reads: "The Discoverie and Conquest of the Provinces of Peru, and the Navigation in the South Sea, along that Coast. And also of the riche Mines of Potosi." The first edition in Spanish, Historia del descubrimiento y conquista del Peru, was published at Antwerp, 1555. Alden & Landis 581/70; Church 126; JCB (3) I:287; Sabin 106272; STC 26123.
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