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Item Description: INSTITUCION FERNANDO EL CATOLICO, ZARAGOZA, 1999. Encuadernacion original. Book Condition: NUEVO / NEW. 1ª edicion. ZURITA, J. HISTORIA DEL REY DON HERNANDO EL CATHOLICO. DE LAS EMPRESAS, Y LIGAS DE ITALIA, 3 VOLS. (1 Y 2: FACSIMIL; 3: EDICION, INTRODUCCION Y ESTUDIO DE GUILLERMO REDONDO VEINTEMILLAS Y CARMEN MORTE GARCIA) . ZARAGOZA, 1999, 1800 p. facsimiles Encuadernacion original. Nuevo. Bookseller Inventory # 525334

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Zurita y Castro, Jerónimo. Macchiavelli's Ideal Prince who made the American discoveries possible

Published by Zaragoza, Domingo de Portonarijs y Ursino (1580)

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Item Description: Zaragoza, Domingo de Portonarijs y Ursino, 1580. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Zurita y Castro, Jerónimo. Historia del Rey Don Hernando el Catholico. De las Empresas, y Ligas de Italia. Zaragoza, Domingo de Portonarijs y Ursino, 1580. 2 volumes in folio. [6] + 351 + [1] leaves; [6] + 408 leaves. Roman letter. Text printed in 2 columns. Large woodcut with the arms of Aragon on both titles. Historiated & ornamental woodcut initials. Old red morocco; inner gilt dentelle. First edition of this authoritative early life of Ferdinand I of Aragon (1452-1516), the creator of modern Spain on uniting Aragon and Castille into a single kingdom through his marriage to his cousin Isabel of Castille in 1469. The joint monarchs’ conquest of the rich Arab kingdom of Granada in 1492 provided the resources for Columbus’ voyage to America and made the discoveries possible. In 1493 Ferdinand recovered Roussillon from France, and by 1512 he had annexed most of Navarre. His military victories in Italy and the dynastic marriages of his two daughters made him appear a successor of Charlemagne. He was admired by Machiavelli who saw him as the role model for his ideal prince. The royal biographer, Gerónimo Zurita (1512-80), a distinguished humanist trained at the University of Alcalá., founded the tradition of historical scholarship in Spain. As official chronicler to the kingdom of Aragon (1548), he had access to all state archives and libraries, and was able to research extensively in Italy and the Low Countries. The biography was compiled as parts 5 and 6 of Zurita’s Anales de la Corona de Aragón beginning with the Moorish invasion and concluding with the reign of the Catholic monarchs. The chronicler’s father, Miguel Zurita, had been King Ferdinand’s physician. Both titles are decorated with the handsome triple arms of the kingdom of Aragon : an armorial shield in the centre showing the ‘Bars of Aragon’ , formerly the arms of the counts of Barcelona, headed with a dragon crest; to the right, the ‘Cross of Iñigo Arista’, a quarter-field cross with a spiked lower end, representing the arms of the first king of Pamplona, held up by an angel; to the left, the ‘Cross of Alcoraz’, a shield quartered with 4 moor’s heads representing the arms of Sardinia, is supported by an angel. Blank top title margins of both volumes with signature of [Louis-Basile] de Bernage (1691-1767), mayor of Paris, and governor of Languedoc; tailend title margins with small stamp of Libreria Cervantes de Julio Suarez, Buenos Aires. From the collection of Matias Errázuriz (1897-1941), Argentine bibliophile and art collector, sold at auction by Bullrich in 1942. A few repairs in tailend blank margins. Palau 38757. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14285844527

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