LA MARCA, Luis. Teatro historico, politico, y militar, noticias selectas, y heroycos hechos de los principes, y varones mas illustres que celebra la fama. Valencia: Francisco Mestre, '1690' [but 1741]. 8° (204 x 145mm). Engraved additional title, illustrations throughout, some signed F.Q. (Some marginal repairs, occasional dampstain in the top margin, some leaves yellowed, occasional spotting, some illustrations with manuscript captions.) Early 20th-century morocco in an earlier style, covers with all-over gilt design centred upon the shield of Aragon in variously-coloured onlays, spine gilt in compartments with lettering-pieces, gilt edges, green silk doublures and gilt turn-ins. Provenance: Carmelite Friar Joseph Albert [?]Gay (deleted inscription on the titles) -- purchased from José Porter, 1957.
A patriotic collection of eminent lives, juxtaposing great Spanish names, like Philip II, James the Conqueror, Hernán Cortés, with heroes from antiquity, including Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, and Constantine the Great. Published in 1690 and evidently reissued later, as here, with the date changed on the engraved title. Palau VII, 130347.