London: Thomas Creede, 1596. ,405,pp. First four leaves in expert facsimile. Small quarto. Antique-style calf, boards ruled in gilt with gilt decoration, spine gilt extra with raised bands, leather label. First ten leaves, including titlepage, in facsimile. Else very good. Item #WRCAM41707A
The second English edition of one of the most important early chronicles of the Spanish conquest of the New World, and one of the two chief accounts of Cortés' conquest of Mexico, the other being provided by Bernal Diaz. This is a reissue of the first English edition of 1578, and one of the handful of English works about the New World to appear in the 16th century. Lopez de Gomara was Cortés' secretary for a number of years and 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. "Contains the first printed accounts of the Cortes expeditions to California, the expeditions of Francisco Ulloa, Marcos de Niza, Coronado, the subsidiary expeditions resulting from the last, and the voyage of Cabrillo" - Wagner. The work was first published in Zaragosa in 1552 and quickly went through a number of editions in Spain, Italy, and the Low Countries. The English translation was prepared by Thomas Nicholas, who abridged the original. This second edition is a virtual line-for-line reprint of the 1578 edition. An important Elizabethan Americanum. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 596/52. WAGNER SPANISH SOUTHWEST 2qq. SABIN 27752. PALAU 141186. STC 16808.