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A RELATION OF THE INVASION AND CONQUEST OF - [Gentleman of Elvas] - 1686. 
London: John Lawrence, 1686. ,272pp. Lacks the License leaf. Contemporary paneled calf, manuscript spine title. Corners lightly worn, head of spine worn, front joint tender. Contemporary ownership inscriptions on endleaves and titlepage, later bookplate on each pastedown. Minor scattered foxing and soiling. Very good. The third English edition (and first complete translation) of this primary narrative of the De Soto expedition. The identity of the Gentleman of Elvas has remained a mystery. His narrative is the chief source for information concerning the De Soto expedition of 1539- 43, the first investigation by Europeans of the Southeast region of the United States. De Soto landed on the west coast of Florida in 1539, marching north through Georgia and west to Mobile Bay. His party reached the Mississippi River in 1541 and went perhaps as far as the present Oklahoma-Arkansas border. Returning east, De Soto died and was buried in the Mississippi. The survivors floated to the Gulf and made it to Mexico. The earlier English translations by Hakluyt, published in 1609 as VIRGINIA RICHLY VALUED... and in 1611 as DISCOVERY AND CONQUEST OF TERRA FLORIDA, are only partial versions of the text, and are so rare as to be virtually unobtainable. This edition contains an appendix which appears here for the first time, "A New Descent of the Spaniards on the Island of Califurnia [sic]. In the Year 1683." This appendix is one of the earliest descriptions of the extension of Spanish government into lower California, at that point the northernmost frontier of New Spain. Despite accurately describing the activities of Father Kino and Spanish naval operations, it still mistakenly refers to California as an island. SABIN 24865. SERVIES 221. FIELD 1274. WAGNER SPANISH SOUTHWEST 58b. ESTC R24492. PALAU 260430. MIDLAND NOTES 69:203. STREETER SALE 2421.
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