London, England: Printed for T. Woodward at the Half-Moon, and J. Hooke at the Flower-de-Luce, both against St. Dunstan's Church in Fleet-Street; and J. Peele at Locke's-Head in Pater-Noster-Row. 1724. First English Edition. Leather-bound. Folio, measuring 14" x 9". Full calf, boards with gilt-ruled border and floriated design rolled in blind. Stone-marbled endpapers and head, tail and foredge in the same marbled pattern of green, orange, yellow and white. Slightly Cocked. Handsome rebacking in sympathetic calf with original spine labels (contrasting gilt on black, gilt-ruled) preserved and affixed. Four raised bands (five compartments). Frontis engraving of Hernan Cortes by George Vertue. Previous owner's name to title page. Two engraved maps (one folding), six engraved plates (five folding, one double-page). Divided into five books, Historiated woodcut initials, headpieces and tailpieces. Art and engravings by Simon Schynvoet and J. Clark. Three-inch closed tear to fold-out illustration in Book III, between pp. 68-69. Green, silk marker ribbon sewn-in. Fair. Item #76733
Antonio de Solis First published in Spain It was first published in 1684 in Spain, followed soon thereafter by French and Italian translations (1690s), and this English translation by Thomas Townsend 1724. It describes the events between the years 1517 and 1521, from the departure of Hernán Cortés from the island of Cuba to the surrender of Mexico City. DeSolis's work stands apart from other similar works on the topic because of the accuracy of reportage, clarity of presentation, and superior prose style, Because de Solis was first a poet and playwright and by trade, an official chronicler of historic events, the work is considered one of the classic works on the history of the conquest of Mexico.