Madrid: Nicolas Rodriguez Franco, 1723. ,268,pp. Printed in double columns. Titlepage printed in red and black. Folio. Contemporary limp vellum, pigskin loops, ties perished. Vellum a bit soiled. Moderate stain in center of nine leaves, most severe on leaf O4, where it has caused a hole affecting six words. Else very good. Item #WRCAM47312
The second edition of Garcilaso de la Vega's great work on De Soto and the aborigines of Florida, edited by Andres G. Barcia, as a companion to his ENSAYO CRONOLOGICO..., which is sometimes found bound with this work. The very rare first edition appeared in two issues in Lisbon in 1605. The author, the extraordinary half-Incan historian, obtained a great portion of the material contained in this work directly from a member of De Soto's ill-fated expedition, as well as from two manuscripts of unquestioned authority written by two other members of the expedition. Although for a period of the 19th century Garcilaso de la Vega's three great works on the conquests of Peru and Florida were subject to skepticism on the part of some historians, time and further scholarship have established their authenticity, and this publication is now regarded as one of the primary works on the events with which it deals. See Field for a good discussion of Garcilaso de la Vega's life and works. FIELD 588. JCB (1)III:328. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 732/57. MEDINA, BHA 2452. PALAU 354793. SABIN 98745. BELL V49. SERVIES 293. HOWES B130 (ref). GRIFFIN 2480. HILL 680.