Nov 06, 2014 - Sale 2364

Sale 2364 - Lot 90

Price Realized: $ 9,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
(MEXICO.) Díaz del Castillo, Bernal. Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España. Engraved title page featuring a portrait of Cortés, a view of México and a small map of the New World. [4], 256, [6] pages. 4to, later speckled calf, moderate wear, rejointed; moderate dampstaining, several leaves reinforced or repaired in margins of lower corner, dealer description laid down on front free endpaper, tightly trimmed with a few headlines grazed, a few leaves toned, occasional early notes and underlining, edges tinted red; large bookplate on front pastedown. Madrid: Emprenta del Reyno, 1632

Additional Details

First edition, likely second issue, with the addition of a new engraved title page and a final chapter added to the first issue of the same year. Díaz del Castillo came to Panama in 1514. Within a few years, he attempted to settle in Cuba, fought in the Yucatan and Florida, and most significantly served under Cortés in Mexico. He wrote this account in the 1550s and 1560s while serving as governor of Guatemala, in response to the work of López de Gómara. The manuscript remained unpublished until 1632, long after his death. European Americana 632/28; Medina, BHA 899; Palau 72354n (describing this issue with four preliminary leaves plus the title as found here); Sabin 19978.