9 June 2004
OVALLE, Alonso de (1601-1651). Historica Relacion del Reyno de Chile, y delas missiones, y ministerios que exercita en la Compaqia de Iesus. Rome: Francisco Cavallo, 1646.
4o (262 x 183 mm). 14 engraved plates, engraved folding map, 18 full-page woodcut illustrations. (Lacking half-title; title and several leaves repaired, occasionally affecting a few letters.) 20th-century red morocco by Riviere, edges gilt (some wear to joints).
FIRST ITALIAN EDITION. According to Sabin this edition is the most complete one, "the highly curious portraits of the principal Spaniards who had conquered or governed Chile, are not in the Italian edition. The leaf proceeding the title is generally wanting, it not being known in more than two or three copies." The Italian and Spanish edition both have been printed in 1646 in Rome and it is possible that the above precedes the Spanish edition. Alden and Landis 646/112; Palau 207397; Sabin 57972. Sold not subject to return.
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