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An influential 16th-century chronicle of the New World

[LOPEZ DE GOMARA, Francisco].
Histoire generalle des Indes Occidentales et terres neuves, qui jusques à present ont esté descouvertes.
Paris, Michel Sonnius, 1578. 8vo. 19th-century richly gold-tooled green morocco (HARDY).
€ 8,500
Rare early edition of a French translation of López de Gómara's chronicle, one of the most important historical works on the discovery of the New World, first published in Spanish in 1552: "of outstanding merit and exceptionally well informed" (Parry).
López de Gómara (ca.1511-ca. 1566), historian at Seville, is particularly famous for his descriptions of Hernán Cortés. Although he visited the Americas only after Cortés's death, he had direct access to Cortés (as his chaplain) and other "conquistadores" on their return to Spain and related their stories. He also had access to many documents that have since disappeared. Gómara's tale is superbly told, with sustained dramatic tension and telling irony and most of his information appears to be accurate.
Washed copy, slightly browned, with faded owner's inscription on title-page and the lithographed bookplate of J. Flach (Strasbourg). In good condition.
Alden & Landis 587/19; Leclec 648; Palau 141161; Parry & Keith, New Iberian World III, pp. 213ff; Sabin 27747.
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