London. 1812-1815. Five volumes. ,xl,,574; ,597; ,512; ,636; ,462,,105pp. Modern black cloth, spines gilt. Front hinges of several volumes cracking, shelf numbers in white ink on spine, institutional stamps and markings on titlepages, top edges, and rear pastedowns. Light tanning and scattered foxing. Good plus. Item #WRCAM52960
First English translation, after the first Madrid edition of 1786. An important reference work on colonial Spanish America, arranged as an alphabetical gazetteer of places, with a wealth of statistics and data on each, as well as a dictionary of terms peculiar to the Americas in the last volume. Contains descriptions of all the major provinces of Latin America, as well as Spanish outposts in the present-day Southwest and Southeast, including Florida and California. Borrows from most of the reliable contemporary and earlier accounts of travel and exploration. Translated from the Spanish by G.A. Thompson. Sabin quotes Lowndes as stating that this edition, because of its additions, is far superior to the original Spanish version. SABIN 683.