Compendio y descripcion de las indias occidentales

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Author: Vazquez de Espinosa, Antonio (?-1630)

Year: 1948

Publisher: Smithsonian Institutuion

Place: Washington, DC


xii+801 pages with tables and index. (9 1/2" x 6 3/4") bound in full leather with raised spine bands and gilt lettering to spine. Smithsonian Miscellaneous collections, volume 108. Second edition.

Fray Antonio Vazquez de Espinosa (born in Jerez de la Frontera and died Seville, 1630) was a Spanish monk of the Discalced Carmelites originally from Jerez de la Frontera whose Compendio y Descripcion de las Indias Occidentales has become a source of detail for the history of South America, since the manuscript's discovery in the Vatican Library in 1929. Travelling in Mexico and Peru where he proselytized among the native Americans, he returned to Spain in 1622, where he continued to move about, in Malaga, Madrid, Seville and other places. The manuscript was discovered in the Barberini archives of the Vatican Library in 1929 by Dr Charles Upson Clark, who edited it for the series Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections in English (1942) and Spanish, (1944). It was reprinted in 1948.


Rubbing to extremities, leather scuffed else a very good copy.

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