Nov 06, 2014 - Sale 2364

Sale 2364 - Lot 43

Price Realized: $ 11,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
(EARLY EXPLORATION.) Herrera, Antonio de. Descripcion de las Indias Ocidentales and Historia general de los hechos de los Castellanos en las islas i tierra firme del mar oceano. 14 folding maps, 8 engraved title pages, text illustrations. [38], 78, [4], 292; [4], 288, [2], 296; [4], 232, [6], 252; [4], 236, [4], 245; [4], 251, [450] pages. 8 volumes in 5. Folio, contemporary vellum, moderate wear; first title page possibly supplied from another copy, inked numbers on three title pages, minor dampstaining in first volume only; small inked "MM" stamps on verso of titles and pages 52. Madrid: Rodríguez Franco, 1726-30

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Third and best edition, with extensive index, of one of the most comprehensive early histories of the Spanish colonies, produced with full access to secret Spanish archives and drawing upon manuscript sources which are no longer extant. It is divided into eight Decadas, each with their own unique engraved title page full of vignettes of conquistadors and battle scenes. One of a series of attractive folio editions of 17th-century works edited by Andrés González de Barcia. Borba de Moraes, page I:401; Cowan 1933, page 276; European Americana 730/118; Medina, BHA 2580; Palau 114287-8; Sabin 31541, 31546; Wagner, Spanish Southwest 12k-l.