Cologne. 1574. ,655,pp. Contemporary vellum, tooled in blind, contemporary manuscript on spine. Light wear and soiling to vellum. Several ownership inscriptions on front endpapers. Light toning and foxing. A few contemporary notations in text. Very good. Item #WRCAM48791
An important edition of Martyr, the foremost chronicler of the New World in its earliest period, including all of his most important texts on New World discovery. Besides all of the chronicles Martyr wrote as official historian of the Indies from 1511 to 1534, it adds two important works: Martyr's 1521 Basel letter, which contains the text of the lost first Cortés letter describing his initial landing and forays into Mexico; and Damiao de Goes' work, originally published in 1544, included by Harrisse in ADDITIONS (144). The most accessible edition of one of the foundation works of New World history. SABIN 1558. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 574/1. MEDINA 235. BEINECKE LESSER ANTILLES COLLECTION 2. BELL A214. JCB (3)I:253.