The History of the Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards

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Author: Solis y Ribadeneyra, Antonio de (1610-1686)

Year: 1724

Publisher: Printed for T Woodward and J Hooke and J Peele

Place: London


In 5 books with frontispiece, 6 foldout plates and 2 maps one of which folds out. Books I & II 163 pages; Books III & IV 252 pages; Book V 152 pages. Small folio (14 1/4" x 9 1/2") bound in full original leather with gilt lettering to spine. Translated by Thomas Townsend. First edition into English.

Antonio de Solís y Ribadeneyra (1610 - April 19, 1686), Spanish dramatist and historian, was born at Alcalá de Henares (less probably, Plasencia). He studied law at Salamanca, where he produced a comedy entitled Amor y obligación, 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 P A Wolff, Victor Hugo and Longfellow. The titles of the remaining seven are Triunfos de amor y fortuna, Eurídice y Orfeo, El Alcetzar del secrete, Las Amazonas, El doctor Carlino, Un bobo hace ciento, and Amparar el enemigo. Amor y obligación survives in a manuscript at the Biblioteca Nacional. The Historia de la conquista de México, población y progresos de la América septentrional, conocida por el nombre de Nueva España, covering the three years between the appointment of Cortés 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.


Some pencil marginalia correcting text errors, stain to pages 5 and 6, new spine in period leather, some edge wear, early dated ink inscription to front paste down, frontispiece age tone, first fold out page edge repaired else a good to very good copy.

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