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Epítome de la bibliotheca oriental, y occidental, nautica, y geográfica ... Añadido y enmendado nuevamente en que se contienen los escritores de las Indias orientales, y occidentales, y reinos convecinos China, Tartaria, Japón, Persia, Armenia, Etiopía y otras partes.
Madrid: En la oficina de Francisco Martinez Abad Folio (30 cm; 11.75"). 3 vols. I: [71], [135], [27] ff. II: [221] ff. III: 202 pp.. 1737–38 Antonio de León Pinelo (1589–1660) was a Spanish-colonial historian. Born in Cordova de Tucuman and educated at the Jesuit college of Lima, he left the New World for Spain in 1612 and there enjoyed a highly successful career, becoming attorney of the Council of the Indies and later a judge in the Casa de Contratacion in Seville. His Epitome was originally published in Madrid in 1629 and is here in the second edition as => enlarged and annotated by Andres Gonzalez de Barcia: It was the first bibliography for the field of Americana and to this day it remains a important source for scholars and collectors of the colonial era of the New World for its => wealth of bibliographic data and most especially information about manuscripts. Rich says of this edition that it is, "The most complete general bibliography of geographical works, travels, missionary reports, etc." And LeClerc echoes him: "ouvrage extremement important pour la bibliographie americaine." The work is handsomely printed (although erratic in its pagination and signature markings), in double-column format, featuring title-pages in black and red with an engaging small engraved vignette of a ship between pillars reading "Plus" and "Ultra." Provenance: Ownership stamp of Carlos Sanz in several places. Contemporary vellum over pasteboards, a little soiled especially to spnes, retaining button and loop closures; hinges (inside) open in a few places but bindings strong. Occasional waterstain or other sign of exposure to dampness; a few gutter margins (only) of first volume with a short wormtrack; some cockling of paper.
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