HISTORIA DE LA CONQUISTA DE MÉJICO, POBLACION Y PROGRESSOS DE LA AMÉRICA SEPTENTRIONAL, CONOCIDA POR EL NOMBRE DE NUEVA ESPAÑA.

Solis, Antonio de.

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Barcelona: Joseph Llopis, 1691. [20] 548 [15] pages. Printed in double columns. With a woodcut title border and printers mark, engraved heraldic vignette, and large woodcut tailpieces. Quarto, 12 x 8 inches. Modern half-calf; a fine, bright copy, including the half-title; small ink spot on first three leaves. (Item ID: 2736)


Second edition, originally published in Madrid in1684. Antonio de Solis y Rivadeneyra (1610-1686) was born in Alcala de Henares and graduated in Law at Salamanca. He was a noted Spanish dramatist, secretary to the court of Oropesa and later secretary of state and private secretary to Philip IV. In 1667 he was appointed chief chronicler of the Indies.
Solis' HISTORIA DE LA CONQUISTA DE MÉJICO was undoubtedly the most popular history of America that had then been written. His principal sources of inspiration for this history were the letters of Herman Cortes, the works of Francisco Lopez de Gomara, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, and some miscellaneous documents. In addition to a full account of the relations between Cortes and Montezuma, there is an abundance of data concerning the intimate lives of the Indians - their religious creed and rites, idols, hymns; their industries, arts, crafts, games, and methods of education.
"The HISTORIA... covering the three years between the appointment of Cortes to command the invading force and the fall of the city, deservedly ranks as a Spanish prose classic." - ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA. 11th edition. SABIN 86447.



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