Leide: Pierre Van Der Aa, 1731. Two volumes bound in one, continuously signed and paginated. ,290; -582pp., plus a total of nine folding plates and a folding map. Titlepages printed in red and black. Small octavo. Contemporary calf, sympathetically rebacked in matching modern calf, tooled in blind and gilt, raised bands, retaining the original gilt morocco label. Edges and corners bumped. Bookplate on rear pastedown. Light uniform toning to the text, a few occasional fox marks. Very good. Item #WRCAM48318
Later French edition, "corrigée & augmentée," after the Lisbon first of 1605 and the first French of 1670, of Garcilaso de la Vega's great work on De Soto and the aborigines of Florida. 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 in 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. The text concerns De Soto's forays into Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and even as far west as Arkansas. "One of the major accounts of the travels of De Soto in Florida and throughout the present day Southeastern United States...the Inca's work remains the major literary by-product of this historic invasion" - Servies. The first edition of this work is generally recognized as the first published work by a native-born American author. See Field for a good discussion of Garcilaso de la Vega's life and works. PALAU 354841. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 731/93. SABIN 98748. SERVIES 316. FIELD 587 (first ed). CLARK I:8 (ref).