5 April 2016
[SOTO, Hernando de (ca 1496-1542)]. THE GENTLEMAN OF ELVAS. Histoire de la conqueste de la Floride, par les Espagnols, sous Ferdinand de Soto. Paris: Denys Thierry, 1585.
8° (161 x 91 mm). (Two old paper repairs on title, some pale browning.) Contemporary vellum over pasteboard. Provenance: Albert Edgar Lownes (bookplate).
FIRST FRENCH EDITION. Translated by S. de Broe, seigneur de Citry et de La Guette, from the anonymous Relacam verdadeira (first published Evora, 1557). The English version entitled “A relation of the invasion and conquest of Florida by the Spaniards, under the command of Fernando de Soto ...” (London, J. Lawrence, 1686) is translated from the present edition. The work was later reissued with a new imprint: Paris, E. Couterot, 1699. “Besides its value as a major document in the exploration of North America, it gives the first insight into the location of Indian tribes in the South, and into the customs and religious practices of the Southern Indians in the vast areas explored” (Clark I, p.12). Alden & Landis 685/90; Cioranescu XVII, 16651; Medina BHA, 502n vII, p. 55w; Palau 256843n; Sabin 24864.
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