Antonio de SOLISHistoria de la conquista de Mexico, poblacion, y progresos de la America septentrional, conocida por el nombre de Nueva España.
Barcelona, En la Imprenta de PP. Carmelitas Descalzos, 1766.
Small folio, contemporary vellum with original ties, spine with calligraphic title in chocolate ink, marbled edges. (28)pp. of which the title, 527pp., (10)pp. Spanish text in double column. Complete.
Fine 18th century edition of this classic work, first published in 1684, by the important Spanish dramatist and historian Antonio de Solis y Ribadeneyra (1610-1686).
The book covers the three years between the appointment of Cortés to command the invading force and the fall of the city, and deservedly ranks as a Spanish prose classic. It was extremely popular on both sides of the Atlantic and was known to important figures in colonial Latin America and the British colonies. It remained one of the most important European sources on Latin American history up through the first part of the 19th century. The author principally relies on Cortes’ letters and the works of Lopez de Gomara, outlining the numerous contacts Cortes had with Montezuma and making interesting observations on the manners and dress of the indigenous peoples. The work also contains a significant amount of economic data on the population and the growth of the colony.
Ownership inscription “Captain M. Peacoeke” on the title-page.