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Grandezas y antiguedades de la isla y ciudad de Cadiz
First and only edition; an important archaeological work, traditionally accepted as amongst the best and most erudite of its kind published in the 17th century on Spain "uno de los mas eruditos y profundos que en materia arqueologica se publicaron en el siglo XVII" (Palau). The work is handsomely illustrated with woodcuts in text -one of which full page- showing the archeological findings of Cadiz. The contents are varied and at moments a little creative, however, it is one of the most learned studies on the antiquities and early history of Cadiz, which has a double fold interest: one, for it refers to Cadiz, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain, second because the City has been considered by some the oldest in Western Europe, although that is not true, it is one of the very oldest, thus of interest for the history of the whole of Europe. The rich history of the city goes back to its foundation by the Phoenicians, going through Roman occupation, Visigothic, Muslim, to its re-conquest during the 13th century; during the late 15th century, Cadiz would again be a site of turmoil, Columbus sailed from Cadiz for his second and fourth -and final- voyages to America, and later it would become the most significant port to deal with the Americas and the Treasure Fleet. Naturally such diversions merited the interest of other nations, which made Cadiz an attractive port for raids and piracy (especially British, with that of Drake at the late 16th century being the most famous, and from pirates of Barbary). The book contains references to America, and to the attacks and raids aforementioned. Maggs "The first book printed at Cadiz. It contains frequent references to America, Peru, Mexico, etc.", however, this is not the first book printed in Cadiz. The work is divided in four books: 1- The Greatness of Cadiz in particular; 2- Its Coat of Arms, is a Hercules with his insignia (which relates to the mythology of its being founded by Hercules); 3- The ceremonies of the Temple of Gaditan Hercules; 4- The particular Gods adored in Cadiz, the costumes of the inhabitants, and the burial traditions. Provenance: bought from Jose Mestre Albareda, 1952. Goldsmith S-971. Salva II, 3191: 'raro'. Palau, 324112. Maggs, 4118, 1926.
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