9 June 2004
CORTÉS, Hernan (1485-1547) & Francesco Antonio LORENZANA (1722-1804). Historia del Nueva-España, escrita por su escalarecido conquistador Hernan Cortes. Mexico: Imprenta del Superior Gobierno, del Br. D. Joseph Antonio de Hogal, 1770.
2o (273 x 195 mm). Title printed in red and black. 33 full-page engraved plates, including frontispiece and plate of the Mexican calendar; folding plate of the great Temple of Mexico; and 2 folding maps (first map with tear crossing image, some occasional pale spotting). Contemporary vellum (hinges cracked, a bit soiled).
FIRST EDITION of this "important and highly esteemed work, containing the celebrated letters of Cortez to the Emperor Charles V. This edition is illustrated with copious notes and documents, together with facsimiles of the Mexican mode of representing the tributes paid by the different towns in Mexico. These pictures, more complete and colored like the originals are included in Lord Kingsborough's Antiquities of Mexico" (Sabin).
"Pages 322-328 contain an account of the voyage of Cortes to the peninsula of California and notices of later expeditions to 1769. The map of Castillo was inserted to illustrate this account, which Lorenzana states was copied from the original in the Archives of the Marquesado, that is, of the Cortes family. Since that time the original has never appeared, so we are still at a loss to know whether Castillo or Lorenzana put the name 'California' on the map" (Wagner, Spanish Southwest 152). Sabin 42065.
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