Deland: Florida State Historical Society, 1923. 286,pp., plus illustrations. Titlepage printed in red and black. Frontispiece. Large octavo. Original half cloth and paper covered boards, printed paper labels on front board and spine. Early ownership signature on front free endpaper, bookplate on rear pastedown. A bit of toning to the endpapers. Near fine. In a slipcase. Item #WRCAM48311
From and edition of 325 copies (this is number 4) printed under the direction of Carl P. Rollins at the Yale University Press. Pedro Menendez de Aviles, first Spanish governor of Florida, was the founder of St. Augustine, the oldest European settlement in what is now the United States, and was fundamental in the Spanish conquest, exploration, and settlement of Florida. This text is the first translation of the important account of Aviles's life and exploits, written by his brother-in- law, Gonzalo Solis de Meras. Number three in the publications of the Florida State Historical Society.