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(TRAVEL.) Antonio Ardoino. Examen Apologetico de la Historica Narracion de . . . Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca,en las Tierras de la Florida i del Nuevo Mexico. , 50, 43, , 70,  pages. Folio, modern gilt calf; minimal worming in margin, skillfully repaired tear to final leaf, occasional minor foxing; edges tinted red. Madrid: Juan de Zúñiga, 1736 (but possibly issued as late as 1749)
An 18th-century Spanish printing of the first narrative of Texas and the Southwest--and one of the strangest and most thrilling stories in the annals of early exploration, extending from Florida to what is now Texas to an improbable safe arrival in Mexico.
This handsomely printed early scholarly edition begins with an 18th century analysis by Ardonio, followed by the complete 1555 narrative of Cabeza de Vaca. It was printed in 1736 per the title page, but was later issued as part of two collections of voyages by editor Andrés González de Barcía: "Varias historias de los primeiros descubridores de las Indias" and later in 1749 "Historiadores primitivos de las Indias Occidentales." European Americana 749/20; Palau 105051; Sabin 9771; Wagner, Spanish Southwest 1n (page 36).
Provenance: Butterfield & Butterfield auction, 23 February 1995, lot 903, to Bruce McKinney of RareBookHub fame; his 2 December 2010 American Experience sale at Bonham's, lot 62.
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