Histoire de la decouverte et de la conquete du Perou
Publisher: Compagnie des Libraries
2 volumes. xl+360 pages with frontispieces, folding map and 13 copper plates (2 folding); viii+479 pages. Duodecimo (6 3/4" x 4") bound in original publisher full leather with five raised spine bands with red labels in gilt lettering with marbled end papers and ribbon book marks bound in. First published in 1555.
Augustin de Zarate was sent to Peru by the Emperor Charles V in 1543, as a tax collector to implement the Emperor's New Laws. He was in Lima at the time of Gonzalo Pizarro's revolt, and the work concludes with Pizarro's execution and the subsequent incorporation of Peru into the Spanish Empire in 1548. The first edition, in Spanish, appeared at Antwerp in 1555. He had access to important sources that gave the historical work reliability. The plates show the life of Peruvians as well as representations of battles.
Exlibris stamps to titles, handwritten note on front end paper of both volumes, book plates to front paste down, corners bumped, some light foxing, rubbing to extremities else a very good set.
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