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    Solis y Ribadeneyra, Antonio de. The History Of The Conquest Of Mexico By The Spaniards. London: T. Woodward & H. Lintot, 1738. Krown & Spellman retail: $850. 8vo. 2 vols. A-2H8; A6,B-2G8,2H6. [6],x.479,[1];xii,475,[1 ads.]pp. 19th c. calf gilt rules on covers, spines banded & gilt with green leather labels (labels worn), rebacked; edges yellow; marbled endpapers, old bookplate removed with new one laid-on; fine clean crisp copies with excellent states of the plates. Frontispiece, folding, (by Vertue) and 8 folding plates and maps. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Solis (1610-86) historian, poet, and playwright. He succeeded Leon Pinelo as the Official Chronicler of the Indies. This is the first part of his "noble work of literary historiography" which was to remain incomplete and unpublished. The first Spanish edition of his History was printed in 1684 and covers the conquest from the journey of Juan de Drijalva in 1518 to the final surrender of Montezuma in 1520. "...Solis's attitude is that of hero-worship, with Cortes's unequivocally at the center of the narrative throughout...his work is a model of Castilian prose, and the story is constantly gripping." [OCSL]. The first English translation appeared in 1724.

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