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BENZONE Hieronymo
La Historia del Mondo Nuovo. Laqual tratta delle Isole, & mari nuovamente ritrovati, et delle nuove Citta da lui proprio vedute, per acqua, & per terra in quattordeci anni. Nuovamente reistampata, et illustrata
1572. Second edition. Numerous woodcuts. 12mo. Eighteenth century vellum.[viii], 180ll. Venice, A fine copy. ?The woodcuts are of particular interest: engraved from the author's own drawings, they illustrate the daily life of the Indians and some of the natural resources of the country? (Howgego).Benzoni had already seen much of Europe, before he joined the Spanish army and sailed to the West Indies in 1541. From there he travelled to Venezuela and along the west coast of South America to Peru, where he spent three years from 1547. After a further four years in Nicaragua, he returned to Spain. His mission in South America was to assess the commercial potential of the Americas, though was largely frustrated by the dominance of Spanish merchants. Sabin, 4791; Howgego I, B71
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