Apr 27, 2017 - Sale 2444

Sale 2444 - Lot 328

Price Realized: $ 2,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
CASAS, BARTOLOME DE LAS. Popery Truly Display'd in its Bloody Colours. [8], 80 pages. 4to, disbound; minimal wear. London: R. Hewson, 1689

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A new English translation of the Brevissima Relacion, first published in 1552. The descriptions of "Horrid and Unexampled Massacres, Butcheries, and all manner of Cruelties . . . committed by the Popish Spanish Party on the Inhabitants of West-India" made for excellent English propaganda. However, the preface insists that it the translation was published more generally to combat "the dismal and pernicious fruits" of "unlimitted and close fisted avarice . . . for the publick Emolument and Advantage of all true Christians and moral Men throughout the whole World." European Americana 689/31; Medina BHA 1085n; Palau 46969; Sabin 11288. This edition unknown at auction since 1965.