5 April 2016
SOLIS Y RIBADENEYRA, Antonio de (1610-86). Histoire de la conquête du Mexique, ou de la Nouvelle Espagne. Paris: Antoine Dezallier, 1691.
4° (250 x 192 mm). 2 engraved maps and 12 engraved plates, including 10 folding. (Some occasional light spotting or browning.) Contemporary French mottled calf, large central coat-of-arms of Charles-Maurice Le Tellier (Olivier 1756, fer 6), spine gilt (rebacked preserving original spine, corners repaired). Provenance: Charles Maurice Le Tellier (1642-1710) Archbishop of Reims (binding); Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève Paris (inscription “Ex libris Sancte Genovefie Parisiensis” on title-page).
FIRST FRENCH EDITION, one of six French editions issued by numerous booksellers in the same year differing primarily as to the title-page, translated from the author’s 1684 work. “The Historia, covering the three years between the appointment of Cortés to command the invading force and the fall of the city of Mexico, deservedly ranks as a Spanish prose classic” (Hill). Alden & Landis 691/124; Hill p.278; Sabin 86475.
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