9 June 2004
MARTYR, Peter [Pietro Martire d'Anghiera] (1457-1526). Se rebus Oceanicis & Orbe nouo decades tres... Eiusdem praeterea legationis Babylonicae liber tres. Basel: Bebel, 1533.
2o (326 x 202 mm). Woodcut printer's device on title and last leaf, numerous woodcut initials. 19th-century morocco gilt, edges gilt (old morocco rebacking).
Early edition, of this HISTORY OF THE DISCOVERY AND CONQUEST OF THE NEW WORLD. Anghiera, known as Peter Martyr, was the first writer to emphasis the importance of the discovery of America by his countryman Columbus. He was a member of the Council for the Indies at the Court of Chalres V in Madrid, where he was able to obtained first-hand information from Columbus, Cortis, Carbot, Vespucci, Magellan, Vasco de Gama, and other explorers and conquerors. This work contains the first three Decades and an abridgment of the fourth. Adams M-754; Church 65; Borba de Moraes I:531; Sabin 1557.
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