9 June 2004
ROBERTSON, William (1721-1793). L'Histoire de l'Amérique. Paris: Panckoucke, 1778.
2 volumes, 4o (256 x 189 mm). Half-titles. 4 engraved folding maps and one folding plate. Contemporary French mottled calf, spines gilt (lightly rubbed). Provenance: Mde. du Bu de Longchamp (bookplate [removed from vol. I]).
Early edition in French (only a duodecimo edition from 1777 precedes it in French; the first edition in English was published 1777). Robertson's history of America describes the discovery of America and the conquest of Mexico and Peru. A list of over 200 Spanish books and manuscripts, consulted in the preparation of the work, is given at the end of volume two. Sabin 71991.
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