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    [Thomas Townsend, translator.] Antonio de Solis y Ribadeneyra. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards. Dublin: S. Powell, 1727. Two 12mo volumes. (36), 25-455 pp, (2) 457-970 pp. Frontispiece and folding map in volume one; three folding illustrations and one folding map in volume two. Bound in full brown calf. Red title labels to spine with gilt lettering, and gilt-stamped designs to top panel of backstrip. Joints cracked, hinges starting. Bumping to extremities. Minor foxing. The copperplate engraved plates and maps are in excellent condition. Very good condition throughout.

    Antonio de Solis y Ribadeneyra, better known in his day as a dramatist, received in his later years the royal post of official historian and chronicler of the Indies. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards, his major historical work, was published in Spain two years before his death. The folio edition of Townsend's translation of 1724 marked the first appearance in English of this work. This Dublin edition was the first smaller format popular edition. The scope of this work covers a three-year period, culminating in Cortés' taking of Mexico City.

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    Sabin 86488.


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