Historia de la conquista de Mexico, población y progresos de la América Septentrional conocida por el nombre de Nueva España
Publisher: Juan de San Martin
476 pages. Octavo (8" x 6") rebound in half leather with marbled boards. Later edition.
Antonio de Solis y Ribadeneyra (1610 - April 19, 1686), Spanish dramatist and historian, was born at Alcala de Henares (less probably, Plasencia). He studied law at Salamanca, where he produced a comedy entitled Amor y obligacion, which was acted in 1627. He became secretary to the count of Oropesa, and in 1654 he was appointed secretary of state as well as private secretary to Philip IV. Later he obtained the lucrative post of chronicler of the Indies, and, on taking orders in 1671 severed his connection with the stage. He died at Madrid on the 19th of April 1686. Of his ten extant plays, two have some place in the history of the drama. El Antor al use was adapted by Scarron and again by Thomas Corneille as L'Amour de la mode, while La Gitanilla de Madrid, itself founded on the novela of Cervantes, has been utilized directly or indirectly by PA Wolff, Victor Hugo and Longfellow. The titles of the remaining seven are Triunfos de amor y fortuna, Eurodice y Orfeo, El Alcetzar del secrete, Las Amazonas, El doctor Carlino, Un bobo hace ciento, and Amparar el enemigo. Amor y obligacion survives in a manuscript at the Biblioteca Nacional. >The Historia de la conquista de Mexico, poblacion y progresos de la America septentrional, conocida por el nombre de Nueva Espana, 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. It was published in 1684; an English translation by Townshend appeared in 1724.
Period rebind with trimmed end pages, some light foxing else a very good copy.
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