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Historia de la Conquista de Mejico, Poblacion y Progresos de la America Septentrional, Conoçida por el Nombre de Nueva Espana.
Author: Solis y Ribadeneyra, Antonio de
Reference #: 1629
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pp. [viii] + 492; 2 engraved ports.; 3/4 marbled paper.
Following its original publication in 1684, this history of Mexico became a fundamental source and went through numerous editions, printings and translations. It was often cited in subsequent histories of Mexico. Solis was private secretary to Philip IV and a historiographer of note (cf. Chambers Biographical Dictionary). The work covered the time from Cortés’ expedition of 1518 to the fall of Tenochtitlan in 1521. Its bias in favour of Cortés was noted by Bancroft in his monumental “History of Mexico”, noting in Volume IX of the Collected Works – being Volume I of the History of Mexico – “Solis, ever zealous for his hero, objects to Bernal Diaz’ attempt to pluck any of the glory, and scouts the idea that fears of pecuniary liability could have influenced Cortés to gain approval of others for his act.” (footnote 6, pp. 185-6). This was in reference to the scuttling of the last ships of Escudero after he and Cermeño were sentenced to death, citing the ‘will of God’ as reason enough! (p. 183).
Condition: some foxing, varying from non-existent to moderate; vertical lines in the margin through the first 18 pages and on page 492 (the last page of the Table of Contents (“Tabla”); brief pencil notes to front endpapers. Mild rubbing to the tips and fore-edge. A sound Very Good copy overall of an important work. Text in Spanish.
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