Description[Charles Cullen, translator]. Francesco Saverio Clavigero. The History of Mexico. Collected from Spanish and Mexican Historians, from manuscripts, and ancient paintings of the Indians. Illustrated by charts, and other copper plates. To which are added, critical dissertations on the Land, the Animals, and Inhabitants of Mexico. By Abbé D. Francesco Saverio Clavigero. Translated from the Original Italian, by Charles Cullen, Esq. In Two Volumes. London: G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1787. First English-language edition. Two 4to volumes. xxxv, 476; 463pp. Frontispiece map to each volume. Many plates. Contemporary full calf over boards. Leather title labels with gilt lettering to spines. Corners bumped. Some wear to spines. Joints cracked; boards loose, but cords holding. Bookplate of Frederick J. O. Montagu to front pastedowns. Internally sound, with pages and plates fresh and clean. In custom clamshell boxes; rounded morocco spines with gilt lettering. Very good.
"Clavigero was a native of Vera Cruz (born 1731, died at Bologna, 1787), a Jesuit and a thorough antiquarian, who spent thirty years of active research into the archaeology and antiquities of Mexico" (Stevens).
References: Sabin 1787. Stevens, Bibliotheca Historica, 377.
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