14 June 2006
[XERES, Francisco de]. Libro primo de la conquista del Peru & Provincia del Cuzco de le Indie occidentali [translated by Domenico de Gaztelu]. Venice: Stephano de Sabbio, 1535.
8o (8 1/8 x 6 in.). Large titlepage woodcut of a coat of arms surmounted by double-headed eagle, a base a medallion, arms of Andrew Gritti and of the translator, woodcut capitals. (Minor soiling to title, inner margins and one corner neatly backed). Modern quarter brown morocco (boards rubbed).
"Xeres, the secretary of Pizarro, left Spain with him in January, 1530. This narrative was written, by order of his master, while he was in America, and was printed directly after his return to Seville, which he reached with the first instalment of gold in July 1534. As is natural with one who knew personally the actors in that drama and witnessed its sanguinary events, Xeres endeavors to extenuate their deeds of rapine, destruction and massacre. The narrative is interspersed with many anecdotes and personal reminiscences" (Church 70). Alden 535/21; BM STC Italian, p.738; Church 73; Harrisse 2001 JCB I, p,119; Medina BHA 95 (note); Sabin 105721.
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