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Fernández de Oviedo, Gonzalo

Published by Confederación Española de Gremios y Asociaciones de Empresarios del Comercio del Libro, Madrid (1992)

ISBN 10: 8460448673 ISBN 13: 9788460448679

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Item Description: Confederación Española de Gremios y Asociaciones de Empresarios del Comercio del Libro, Madrid, 1992. Rústica. Book Condition: Bueno. 1ª ed.. 152 pág . ; 19x12 cm. Bookseller Inventory # 35913

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OVIEDO Y VALDEZ Gonzalo Hernandez de

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Item Description: 1851. Islas y Tierra-Firme del Mar Océano.First complete edition. 4 vols. 15 plates, including several folding. 4to. Contemporary tree calf, gilt, morocco labels to spines. cxii, 632, [1]; vii, 512, [1]; viii, 652, [1]; viii, 620, [1]pp. Madrid, Imprenta de la Real Academia de la Historia, The fourth volume consists of the third part of Oviedo's history, which had not been previously published. This famous book gave its early readers a wealth of new material on the Spanish dominions in the New World. It was written by one of the great chroniclers of his age, a man who was a fastidious collector of information and who was, most importantly, a witness to most of what he recorded. His somewhat crude woodcuts are probably the earliest original images of the New World, but it is a pity that he was not more of a draughtsman. However, depictions of exotic cacti, various animals and other natural history specimens are laid before the European reader for the first time. The natives of the area are also shewn, along with examples of their housing, methods of river travel, and fire lighting etc., with perhaps the best illustraton showing the Indians washing gold from a river. Sabin, 57990. Bookseller Inventory # 189128

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Historia general y natural de las Indias,: Oviedo y Valdés,

Oviedo y Valdés, Gonzalo Fernández de (1478-1557)

Published by Imprenta de la real Audiencia de la Historia, Madrid (1851)

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Item Description: Imprenta de la real Audiencia de la Historia, Madrid, 1851. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Four volumes: cxii+632,[1] pages with five plates; vii+511+[2 errata] pages with three plates (two of which are folding maps); viii+651+[2] pages two plates (of which one is a map); viii+619+[1 errata] pages plus five plates (of which one is a color folding map). Folio (13" x 9 1/2") bound in quarter leather with five raised spine bands decorated in gilt and red labels in gilt lettering over brown boards. Deckle edges. (Palau, 89532; Sabin 57990) First edition. Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdes (August 1478 - 1557) was a Spanish historian and writer who united a classical humanistic education with extensive experience in the New World. As a youth he entered the service of Alphonso of Aragon, nephew of Ferdinand the Catholic and soon afterward he became a page of Prince John, the son of Ferdinand and Isabella. Throughout his life he retained close contacts with the royal court. He was present at the return of Christopher Columbus in 1493. He traveled and studied in Italy. He went to the New World in 1514 in the expedition of Padrarias Davila as supervisor of gold smelting. During his life he held many offices in the New World--regidor of Nuestra Senora de la Antigua, governor o Cartagena, regidor and alcalde o the fortress of Santo Domingo--and he crossed the ocean a dozen times. Oviedo's humanistic curiosity led him to note down the novelties of the land, nature, and peoples of the New World, as well as the history of the discovery and conquest. He began to write his Historia general y natural de las Indias during the second stay in the Indies (1520-1521). In 1526 he published a brief work which is known as the Sumario de la natural historia de las Indias. It gained him the attention of the Emperor, who appointed him official Chronicler of the Indies in 1532. All the authorities of the Indies were obliged to send him whatever relations and information he requested. He did a large part of his writing in Santo Domingo. The first nineteen books of his Historia general y natural de las Indias were printed in Seville in 1535. The twentieth book did not appear until 1557, perhaps because of the bitter opposition of the influential Bishop Las Casas. The complete fifty books of the history were printed only in 1851-55. No complete English translation of the Historia was ever published. For the ethnohistorian Oviedo's Historia is one of the most valuable of the early chronicles. He is especially important for southern Middle America, where he had considerable personal experience. For other areas he used many firsthand sources which are now lost to us. The strongest criticism that has been directed against him is that he followed his sources uncritically and is a more a chronicler than historian. But because of his interest in all aspects of the New World, he recorded much that is of interest to the student of Indian life at the time of Contact. Of particular interest for Middle America are books 28-35 and 40-43, but there are also valuable ethnological data in the books devoted to natural history. (Handbook of Middle American Indians volume 13). Condition: Some age toning to plates else a very good to fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # CA1112

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Historia General y Natural de las Indias,: OVIEDO Y VALDES,

OVIEDO Y VALDES, Fernandez de

Published by Real Academia, Madrid (1855)

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Item Description: Real Academia, Madrid, 1855. Book Condition: A fine set. Four volumes, folio, with a total of 15 plates (three folding, one coloured); contemporary polished marbled calf, double labels. A beautiful copy in a handsome contemporary binding: the first full edition of the great sixteenth-century work on Spanish voyages, and 'the source from which most literary writers have drawn their accounts of the early occurrences in the New World' (Church). Oviedo's 'massive work? if published when it was written, might have given its author the literary stature of Barros? As Oviedo's work stands, it is a noble monument; in fact, it is the greatest classic of the early years of Spanish activity in the New World to be chronicled by a contemporary?' (Penrose). This canonical edition includes much of Oviedo's manuscript for the first time, and includes the first full-length printing of the various sections originally partially published in Spain in 1526, 1535, and 1547. It is a superb achievement: as Palau notes it is 'magnifica en todos conceptos, tanto por el merito historico y literario como por la presentacion nitida y correcta.''The Spanish historian Oviedo was born at Madrid in August 1478. Educated at the court of Ferdinand and Isabella, in his thirteenth year he became page to their son, the Infante Don John, was present at the siege of Granada, and there saw Columbus before his voyage to America. On the death of Prince John (4 October 1497), Oviedo went to Italy, and there acted as secretary to Gonzolo Fernandez de Cordoba. In 1514 he was appointed supervisor of gold-smeltings at San Domingo, and on his return to Spain in 1523 was appointed historiographer of the Indies. He paid five more visits to America before his death, which took place at Valladolid in 1557.'Besides a romance of chivalry entitled Claribalte (1519) Oviedo wrote two extensive works of permanent value: La General y natural historia de las Indias and Las Quinquagenas de la nobleza de Espana. The former work was first issued at Toledo (1526) in the form of a summary entitled La Natural hystoria de las Indias; the first part of La Historia general de las Indias appeared at Seville in 1535; but the complete work was not published till 1851-1855, when it was edited by J.A. de los Rios for the Spanish Academy of History. Though written in a diffuse style, it embodies a mass of curious information collected at first hand, and the incomplete Seville edition was widely read in the English and French versions published by Eden and Poleur respectively in 1555 and 1556?' (EB). Bookseller Inventory # 4312772

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