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Argote de Molina, Gonzalo
Libro, de la Monteria
1582. Seville. Andrea Pescioni. Folio, (280 x 190 mm). 6 ff., 91 ff., 1 [blank], 25, 1 ff. [colophon]. Spanish late 18th or early 19th century mottled calf, spine flat, tooled in gilt, red lettering piece. An excellent copy, very clean and fresh.- This is the first edition of the first Spanish book on hunting, and the first illustrated; although written presumably by Alfonso XI (1311-1350) or at his request, it was only printed in 1582, edited now by Argote de Molina. From the 35 woodcut illustrations (some of which are repeats) we find 3 with the earliest American hunting scenes (tiger hunting in Mexico and ostrich hunting in Peru), also leopard and lion hunting in orient, and a bullfight scene. Of “extreme rarity” (Harting); “fort rare” (Souhart). This is a particularly nice copy, a rare occurrence, as the book was widely popular and well-read, copies normally appear lacking the colophon, here present; in the 19thcentury, bibliographer Salva writes about the near-impossibility of procuring a copy in perfect condition. Argote de Molina (1548-1596) added the medieval work with new chapters about hunting in the Spanish-American colonies: hunting of guanacos, vicunas, cougars, etc. in Mexico, Cuba, Peru, amongst other regions; thus the first book to speak of and illustrate hunting in the Americas. As one would expect, it is a rare book in the market, in the last 30 years a copy sold in 2014 at Christie’s for 27,500 GBP (bound in the 20thcentury), in 2007 at Sotheby’s for 37,000 $, in 1984 at Sotheby’s for 7,150 $. … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: HS Rare Books [Argentina]

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