Ally of Cortes: Account 13, of the Coming of the Spaniards and the Beginning of the Evangelical Law

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Author:  Fernando de Alva Cortés Ixtlilxóchitl (c1568-1648) signed by Carl Hertzog

Year: 1969 (c1568-1648) 

Publisher: Texas Western College Press

Place: El Paso


xxxviii+141 pages with frontispiece, illustrations, appendix, glossary and bibliography. Octavo (8 3/4" x 6 1/4") bound in original publisher's quarter green cloth with gilt lettering to spine over orange pictorial boards in original pictorial jacket. Translated with a foreword by Douglas Ballentine. Signed by Carl Hertzog.

This work paints the origins of the forced marriage of Spanish and Indian cultures. Here in its translation into English is the account of the Conquest which probably reveals the violent encounter more perceptively than any other written at that time. The events are set into perspective in the translator's foreword.

Carl Hertzog (1902-1984) born in France; although he moved to the US early in his childhood he did not come to El Paso, Texas until the early 1920s. While in El Paso he made his mark as a printer, book designer and typographer. Hertzog services were highly sought after and he met and befriended several noteworthy people including Tom Lea, Jose Cisneros, Frank Dobie, J. Evetts Haley, C.L. Sonnichsen, Harold Bugbee and E.M. Schiwetz. Hertzog is also well known for his teaching career at University of Texas at El Paso and for the establishment of the university print shop in 1952; which became known as Texas Western Press. Even after retiring in 1972, Hertzog held an office at the UTEP Special Collections Department of the library where he continued to offer his services as well as organize his own personal collection. Carl Hertzog passed away on July 24, 1984. During his time in El Paso he produced over 300 books.


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