9 June 2004
ULLOA, Antonio de and JUAN Y SANTACILLA, Jorge. Noticias secretas de America... London: R. Taylor, 1826.
2 parts in one volume, 2o (318 x 223 mm). 2 engraved portraits, uncut and unopened (some scattered light foxing). Contemporary green stained half vellum and marbled boards, gilt lettered spine label (minor wear to head of spine).
FIRST EDITION. "These secret memoirs, in which everything concerning the manners, government, and state of defence of that portion of America which once belonged to Spain, is accurately described, are written with that truth, impartiality and good judgement which distinguished the informants. The benevolent and virtuous Las Casas has been accused of exaggeration and falsehood in his account of the cruelties of the Spaniards to the Indians, but these revelations, which have lain in the archives of Madrid for over half a century, exhibit so monstrous a system that it is difficult to realize that the revelations are true" (Sabin 36807). Palau 125486.
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