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Historia de México, con el descubrimiento de la Nueva España, conquistada por el muy illustre y valeroso Principe don Fernando Cortes, Marques del Valle, Escrita por Francisco Lopez de Gomara, clerigo. Añadiose de la nuevo descripcion y traça de todas las Indias
1554 - The earliest and most significant history of Mexico, California, and the Southwest; with the rare map by Bellere. 1554. Antwerp. Iuan Steelsio. In 8vo (140 mm x 85 mm). 349 + 11 ff. + folding map. Nineteenth century brown calf, boards and spine tooled in blind, spine lettered in gilt, false raised bands, rubbed. A very fresh copy internally, only faint damp on lower margin, else fine. First edition of this title, “the first history of Mexico printed” (Wagner); the first edition of this work appeared in Zaragoza in 1552, this is the eight in total, printed only two years after the impossibly rare first –and the first to include Bellere´s map, almost never present; “ almost all historians and bibliographers assert that when this work appeared, it was suppressed” (Wagner, Vol. 1, p. 81). This particular copy has the Bellere map, which extends from the West Indies, showing Florida and southern United States, to the Strait of Magellan. The work is divided in two parts, each independent of the other: the first deals with the location of the Indies, Colombus´ discoveries, the colonization of Hispaniola, Peru, amongst other subjects; the second part, which is what is contained in this edition –published separately-, is almost solely dedicated to Mexico, Cortes´ life, his voyages and expedition to Cuba, Santo Domingo, and Honduras, and the conquest of Mexico. Furthermore it includes valuable details on the life in America, native languages, ethnographical material, and what little information was available on California and the Southwest at such an early date (records Cortés’ expeditions to the western coast; the discovery and naming of California; the Ulloa voyages along the coast of Upper California; the preliminary journey to Cibola of Fray Marcos de Niza; and the expedition to the fabled Seven Cities by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado). ““Including the expeditions of Cortés in 1535, Francisco de Ulloa in 1539, and Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in 1542” (Mathes). Cortes´ biography is tightly linked t the history of Mexico; Gomara´s work was swiftly supressed (1553, by order the Crown), possibly due to Cortes´ family opposition and claims to their rights in Mexico–which naturally included copious details of the Conqueror´s life. Despite this prohibition, this early chronicle of the new Continent was re-printed several times in the 16th century, and translated into Italian, English, French, and other languages. Lopez de Gomara (c.1511 – 1559) was secretary to Cortes upon his return to Spain, and praises him much –looked upon as a valiant men, and a hero- a position that allowed him access to otherwise secret and first-hand sources of information. It was in fact, the most frequently cited history of the American territories, even when defending Spanish actions in the colonization process. Sabin, 27731. Palau, 141143. European Americana 1554/32. Medina, Hispano-Americana, 168. JCB (to 1599) I, pp. 180-181. Mathes, California Colonial Bibliography 1n (for the first edition). [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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