HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, ANTONIO DE The general history of the vast continent and islands of America, commonly calld, the West-I...
London: Jer.[emiah] Batley (printed by Samuel Palmer and others), 1725-6. Six volumes, contemporary panelled calf, all edges sprinkled. First edition in English. 7 7/8 x 4 1/2 inches (19.5 x 12 cm); various paginations, with two engraved frontispiece portraits of Columbus and Cortez, three folding maps (two at ends of volumes, one in text), and thirteen plates (twelve folding). Explorers Club bookplate and blindstamp to some plates and text leaves, William Vaughan's copy with his bookplate (Courtfield, Monmouthshire), ink numerals at foot of first text leaf in each volume, some joints cracked, several boards detached, heads of spines chipped, etc. Generally a clean set internally.
Herrera's history, based on access to the archives of Philip II, III and IV of Spain, was published as the Historia general de los hechos de los Castellanos en las islas y tierra firme del Mar Oceano (Madrid, 1601-1615). Alden & Landis 725/95; Hill 804; Palau 114314; Sabin 31557.
C The Explorers Club Collection
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