Contemporary full tree calf, rebacked. Boards tooled in gilt floral motif. Original red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Marbled endpapers. Corners a bit bumped. Boards with a few minor scuffs and scrapes. Title-page has been trimmed and is laid down. A closed tear, professionally repaired and folds reinforced to the folding plate between page 68/69 of book III. Small old ink binding instructions also written on this plate. Top margin of plate between 72/72 has been reinforced. A four-inch closed tear to page 243. Some foxing and toning throughout. Overall a very good copy.
First English edition of this important resource on the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Antonio de Solís y Ribadeneyra (1610-1686), Spanish dramatist and historian, was at one time secretary of state as well as private secretary to Philip IV. The early part of his career was spent writing drama, but he severed his ties to the stage when he became official chronicler of the Indies in 1667. His History of the Conquest of Mexico covers the three years between the appointment of Cortes to command the invading forces of Spain and the fall of the city of Mexico. It is considered a classic and has been used as a primary source by later historians.
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