Venice: Francesco Lorenzini da Turino, 1560.  unnumbered leaves, 306 leaves numbered on rectos only. Small octavo. Later vellum, manuscript spine title. Minor wear and soiling to boards, old stain at foot of spine and on rear board. Previous owner's bookplate on front free endpaper. Small marginal repair to titlepage and next four leaves, mild staining and occasional minor foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM55684
A rare and early Italian translation of the second part of one of the indispensible source books on Spanish colonization of the New World. Lopez de Gomara's classic work, published first in 1553 as LA HISTORIA DE LAS INDIAS relates the discovery of America, including the voyages of Columbus, the expeditions of Francisco Ulloa, the conquest of Peru by Pizarro, and the conquest of Mexico by Cortes. Lopez de Gomara was the secretary and chaplain of Cortes, and so - though he himself never journeyed to the New World - had direct access to first- hand knowledge of the events of the conquest. He made use of his unparalleled opportunity to gather information from the primary source relating to the extraordinary exploits surrounding the overthrow of the Aztec empire. The early Spanish editions of the work were suppressed at the order of Prince Philip (later Philip II), so foreign translations such as the present copy helped promulgate the early history of the Spanish conquest. "This volume is called Parte Seconda, because it formed the second volume of the series of Italian translations [by Cravaliz] in which Cieça’s chronicle of Peru was the first, and Gomara's Mexico the third. It contains the same matter as the Spanish volume printed by Nucio in 1554" - Sabin. An important early Americanum, and a rare work, with OCLC reporting just a dozen physical copies over five separate records. WAGNER SPANISH SOUTHWEST 2r. JCB (3)I:209. MEDINA, BHA 159N. PALAU 141170. STREIT II:727. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 560/26. SABIN 27738. HOWGEGO G59. OCLC 50493527, 833622717, 81906596, 742946906, 319912525.