9 June 2004
CASAS, Bartolome de las (1474-1566). Brevissima relacion de la destruycion de las Indias. Seville: Sebastion Trugillo, 1552. - [Bound with]: Lo que se sigue es un Pedaco de una Carta... [Seville: Sebastion Trugillo, 1552].
2 tracts bound in one volume, small 4o (188 x 133 mm). Title printed in red and black, within woodcut border. (Some worming, repaired affecting text, trimmed close at inner margin, browning and staining.) Modern red morocco.
FIRST EDITION of the first of Las Casas's famous "Indian Tracts," the earliest report of Spanish atrocities in the New World, and the first to condemn these atrocities. The Destruycion de las Indias was written in Spain in 1539, but its publication was forbidden until 1552. Las Casas, a son of one of Columbus's sailors, sailed with the governor, Nicolas de Ovando, in 1502 to America. He was perhaps the first priest ordained in America. The above is the first and second tract of his series of nine tracts which comprises the principal sources of information on South America and in particular the state of Indians at that time. Alden and Landis 552/8; Church 87 and 88; Sabin 11227 and 11228.
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