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    Early Edition of the Second and Third Letters of Cortés

    [Hernán] Cortés. De Insulis nuper inventis Ferdinandi Cortesii ad Carolum V. Rom. Imperatorem Narrationes, cum alio quodam Petri Martyris ad Clementem VII Pontificem Maximum confimilis argumenti libello. His Accesserunt Epistolæ duæ.... Cologne: Melchoir Novesiani, 1532.

    Second Latin edition. Small folio. 82 leaves, unpaginated. Title with engraved border of twenty-five coats of arms and a portrait of Charles V, this portrait repeated on leaves A1 and F1. At the end is printer Arnold Birckman's device of two foxes shaking hands over a brood of chickens. Text in Latin.

    Full contemporary vellum over limp boards. Inked title to spine. Scattered throughout are inked notations in the margins from a contemporary hand, some of the letters, however, have vanished because of the trimming of the pages for a later binding of this copy. Minor darkening of the pages, some wrinkling to the vellum. Overall a very attractive copy in very good condition.

    "Contains the 'De Insulis' of Martyr, the second and third letters of Cortes, with the two dedications, &c., as in the editions of 1524; also missionary reports, here first published, and reprinted in 1543" (Sabin).

    "The Epistolæ referred to on the title-page are the celebrated Letters of Martin de Valencia and Bishop Zumarraga, giving an account of the Franciscan schools in Mexico, their teachers and the Indian converts - here printed for the first time... (Quaritch).

    HV Jones, 21. Bernard Quaritch, A Catalogue of Geography, Voyages, Travels, Americana, p. 44. Sabin, 16949.


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