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A famous history of the conquest of Mexico

SOLÍS Y RIBADENEYRA, Antonio de.
Histoire de la conqueste du Mexique, ou de la Nouvelle Espagne par Fernand Cortez.
Paris, Compagnie des Libraires, 1730. 2 volumes. 12mo. With 14 engraved maps, views and plates (12 folding). Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine.
€ 950
Fourth(?) edition of the French translation of the famous Historia de la Conquista de Mexico by the gifted Spanish historian Antonio de Solís y Ribadeneyra (1610-1686), originally published in Madrid in 1684. Renowned for his historical knowledge and his taste for letters, Solis was invited to become secretary to Philip IV, and in 1666 he was charged with the important function of cronista mayor, historiographer for the Indies and began working on the present publication. It covers in detail the three years following Cortés's conquests of what is now Mexico, mentioning many battles and shifts in power and describing the native inhabitants and their cities, temples, customs, etc. The plates include a general map of Mexico, some views of ships, a view of Mexico-city, a large folding bird's eye view of Tezeuco, a map of the area surrounding the lake of Mexico and views of battles.
Some marginal (water) stains. Bindings slightly rubbed and worn at the corners. Overall in very good condition.
Chadenat 6434; Sabin 86478.
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