Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca Journey Route First European to Cross North America

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Author: Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (1490-c1559) edited by Cleve Hallenbeck

Year: 1940

Publisher: Arthur H Clark Company

Place: Glendale


326 pages with maps, charts (many folding), bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2") x 6 1/2") bound in original publisher's dark blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. 1018 copies printed. First edition.

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was a Spanish explorer of the New World, and one of four survivors of the 1527 Narváez expedition. During eight years of traveling across what is now the US Southwest, he became a trader and faith healer to various Native American tribes before reconnecting with Spanish civilization in Mexico in 1536. After returning to Spain in 1537, he wrote an account, first published in 1542 as La relación y comentarios ("The Account and Commentaries"), which in later editions was retitled Naufragios y comentarios ("Shipwrecks and Commentaries"). Cabeza de Vaca is sometimes considered a proto-anthropologist for his detailed accounts of the many tribes of Native Americans that he encountered.


Previous owner's name to front end paper, corners bumped, spine ends lightly rubbed, some occasional pencil marginalia usually consisting to check marks else very good.

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