May 05, 2022 - Sale 2603

Sale 2603 - Lot 79

Price Realized: $ 3,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
Diez, Diego et alia.
Relacion muy Verdadera.

Sevilla: Alonso de Coca, [1562].

First edition, folio broadside with four woodcuts on recto and woodcut initials, bound with blanks into a modern binding of mottled paper over boards, ex libris Pascual de Gayangos y Arce (1809-1897), the 19th century bibliographer who catalogued Spanish manuscripts at the British Museum, 11 1/2 x 7 3/4 in.

The text consists of a sworn statement made at Cadiz on 20 October 1562 by Diego Diez, Juan Rodriguez, and Pedro Morcillo to Commissioners of the Board of Trade. The three men were officers on the ship, Our Lady of Light, from whose decks they witnessed a fire that destroyed the island of El Pico in the Azores, the result of a catastrophic volcanic eruption that began in 1562 and continued for two years.

Palau 257180; Medina 187; Alden 562/7; rare, one location listed in Worldcat, at the Dibam Biblioteca Nacional de Chile in Santiago.

From the Ken Rapoport Collection.