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The Discovery of Florida, Being a True Relation of the Vicissitudes That Attended the Governor Don Hernando de Soto and Some Nobles of Portugal in the Discovery of Florida. Now Just Given by a Fidalgo of Elvas.

Fidalgo of Elvas.

Published by Printed at the Grabhorn Press for the Book Club of California,, 1946
Condition: Collectible: Very Good Hardcover
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LIMITED EDITION of 280 copies, printed in hand-set Franciscan type by Robert and Jane Grabhorn and printed on handmade paper from France - press work by Edwin Grabhorn and Sherwood Grover. Translation by Buckingham Smith, with a new Introduction by George P. Hammond. Folio. 13 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches. (viii), (108) pp. 48 wood-cuts in red, yellow and black designed by Mallette Dean including coat of arms on the title page, initials, and special printer's device; text clean, unmarked. White cloth spine, decorative paper over boards, sprinted paper spine label; binding square and tight, shelf wear and soiling, some offsetting to end-papers. Very Good. This volume contains the most detailed and carefully written account of the explorations of Hernando de Soto (1496-1542), Governor of Florida, who set out to explore Florida in 1539. This work remains "one of the most authentic narratives of De Soto's great exploit." From the Introduction. The account was first published in Evora, Portugal in 1557, fourteen years after the survivors reached Mexico. The author was a soldier in De Soto's army, but chose to conceal his name, and thus remains completely anonymous. Hernando de Soto led the first European expedition into the modern-day southeastern United States, ranging over Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas, and was the first European to cross the Mississippi River. One of the Fifty Books of the Year and included in the Rounce & Coffin Club's Western Books Exhibition. REFERENCES: Magee, The Hundredth Book, No. 65; Magee and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1940-1956, No. 432. Bookseller Inventory # II41615-010

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Title: The Discovery of Florida, Being a True ...

Publisher: Printed at the Grabhorn Press for the Book Club of California,

Publication Date: 1946

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Collectible: Very Good

Edition: First Edition, thus.

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