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    First French Edition of Augustin de Zarate's Conquest of Peru

    Augustin de Zarate. Histoire de la Decouverte et de la Conquete du Perou. Traduite de L'Espagnol D'Augustin de Zarate, par S. D. C. Amsterdam: J. Louis de Lorme, 1700.

    First edition in French. Two twelvemo volumes. 307; 408 pages. Folding map. In addition to the two frontispieces, there are thirteen engraved plates, two folding. Text in French.

    Contemporary full calf over boards. Later morocco backstrips added. Raised bands, gilt lettering and designs to spines. Marbled endpapers. Some chipping to spines. Joints weak. Corners slightly bumped. Very good condition.

    Augustin de Zarate arrived in South America in 1544 with Blasco Nuñez Vela, the first Viceroy of Peru. His position of Comptroller of Accounts made him privy to various scandals and impropriety, the details of which he felt his countrymen should know. After returning home, "Zarate set about the compilation of his work. His first purpose was to confine it to the events that followed the arrival of Blasco Nuñez; but he soon found that to make these intelligible he must trace the stream of history higher up towards its sources. He accordingly enlarged his plan, and, beginning with the discovery of Peru, gave an entire view of the conquest and subsequent occupation of the country, bringing the narrative down to the close of Gasca's mission" (Prescott). Zarate's work came out in 1555. It proved very popular and was widely translated; however, it wasn't until 1700 that the history was finally made available to a French-speaking audience.

    Prescott, History of the Conquest of Peru, Vol. III, p. 299. Sabin 106259.


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