,427,72,pp. including half-title with full-page approbation. 18th-century polished speckled calf, boards and spine gilt. Boards and spine slightly worn, outer joints tender. From the Library of the Earls of Macclesfield, with 1860 engraved bookplate on front pastedown, blind stamp on half-title, titlepage, and first leaf of text. Contemporary inscription of title ("Varones Ilustres del Nuevo Mundo") on front fly leaf, contemporary ownership inscription at bottom of half-title. Text browned with light foxing throughout. Printed notes at bottom of leaves Nn1 verso and a2 recto trimmed (affecting some text), paper flaws in text of final printed leaf (with slight loss). Still, a very good copy. Provenance: Earls of Macclesfield Biographies of the Conquistadores A collection of biographies of Spanish discoverers, conquistadors, and other figures involved in the early exploration and colonization of the New World, composed by a great grandson of Francisco Pizarro. Pizarro y Orellana, who held office in the Supreme Council of Castile, composed the work with the aim of simultaneously defending his ancestors Francisco, Juan, and Gonzalo Pizarro and laying claim to rights and grants due their descendants. "In order to hide this intention he cleverly included in his work biographies of other prominent discoverers such as Columbus, who by then was almost forgotten, Hernán Cortés, Alonso de Ojeda, and Diego García de Paredes. All the biographies are written in the same elevated tone of admiration, the narration being constantly enhanced with numerous erudite notes and comments in which the deeds of the subjects are favorably compared to those achieved by the great heroes of antiquity. In sharp contrast to the others, the biography of Diego de Almagro, the Pizarristas' great foe during the civil wars, is characterized by a poorly disguised tone of condemnation, his actions being shown as the tragic result of his personal shortcomings" - Delgado-Gomez. A fine mid-17th-century biographical compendium, providing extensive information about several key figures in the discovery and conquest of Spanish America European Americana 639/93. Sabin 63189. Medina (BHA) 999. Palau 227687. JCB (3)ii:276. Delgado-Gomez, Spanish Historical Writing about the New World 59. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Varones Ilustres del Nuevo Mundo. ...
Publication Date: 1639
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