Paris. 1838. ,392pp. Original pink wrappers, paper label. Minor chipping to front wrapper, minor spine wear, rear wrapper mostly lacking. Minor soiling, else near fine internally. Untrimmed and unopened. In a half red morocco and marbled boards box, spine gilt. Item #WRCAM47487
A work of primary importance for the American Southwest, the "first appearance in any language of the chief source on Coronado's expedition, previously known of only from meager accounts found in Ramusio, Herrera, Gomara and Venegas. Coronado and his men were, aside from De Vaca, the first Europeans to visit Texas, and preceded all others into New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado" - Howes. This work, which is complete on its own, was first issued as a volume in the impressive collection of French translations of early histories of Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Florida, and more, assembled by Henri Ternaux- Compans, the first major collector of Americana. The scion of a French family who had made a fortune in the wool trade, Ternaux- Compans collected vigorously in the two decades after the end of the Napoleonic Wars, publishing a catalogue of his collection in 1837, the same year he began publishing the series. This is the more desirable volume, in original condition. HOWES C224a, "aa."