London: Printed for the Hakluyt Society, 1851. ,lxvii,200,v pp., plus folding frontispiece map. Slightly later three-quarter calf and pebbled cloth, gilt leather spine label. Light shelfwear, chipped at foot of spine. Closed tear, just intruding into the map. Quite clean internally. Very good. Item #WRCAM48344
The narrative of the Gentleman of Elvas first appeared in a Portuguese edition of 1557, which is all but unobtainable. His is the primary source for information concerning the De Soto expedition of 1539-43, the first investigation by Europeans of the Southeast region of the United States. This translation by Richard Hakluyt first appeared in his VIRGINIA RICHLY VALUED in 1609, and was republished in 1611. William B. Rye of the British Museum contributed the notes and an introduction to the present edition. SERVIES 3667. FIELD 1338.