Year/Century: 18th century
Description: ANTONIO DE SOLIS Y RIBADENEYRA (1610–1686) Known by the name Nueva Espana, escrivio la Don Antonio de Solis, historia de la conquista de Mexico, población y progresos de la America septentrional,... A new edition... expanded with the author's life, Don Juan de Goyeneche (Brussels: Marc-Michele Bousquet, 1741). Folio: 9 3/4 by 15 1/2" (384 x 240 mm). Title page with engraved vignette in red and black. Exquisitely illustrated with 12 engraved plates (10 folding) and 2 maps (I.A. Schwebel's map of New Spain and the Plan of Mexico City). Several of these depictions of native Mexican Indians symbolize the Nahuatl indigenous gods, including intricate engravings of Huitzilopochtli and the human sacrifice ritual. The most well-known history of America at the time, Cornerstone of Mexican History is arguably the most outstanding work ever published in Spanish. The three years between Cortes' selection to lead the invading force and the city's collapse are covered in the work. Original calf rebacked; six raised bands of gilt around the spine. Excellent condition, some wear to the binding.
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