9 June 2004
DIAZ DEL CASTILLO, Bernal (ca 1492-1581). Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva-Espana. Madrid: Imprenta del Reyno, 1632.
2o (290 x 200 mm). (Blank portion of title repaired, some minor marginal dampstaining.) 19th-century sheep. Provenance: Ricardo Olivera (bookplate and some leaves with marginal ink stamp).
FIRST EDITION, first issue, much rarer than the second issue, appearing in the same year without date. The most important work on the explorations of Hernan Cortez and the conquest of Mexico. Diaz, an eye-witness to all dealings with the Aztecs and other Indians, participated in some 120 battles during Cortez' expedition through Central America. Alden and Landis 632/27; Palau 72354; Sabin 19978.
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