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Herrera y Tordesillas, Antonio de, -1625

The general history of the vast continent and islands of America : commonly call'd the West-Indies, from the first discovery thereof : with the best accounts the people could give of their antiquities / collected from the original relations sent to the kings of Spain, by Antonio de Herrera ; historiographer to His Catholick Majesty ; translated into English by Capt. John Stevens ... ; illustrated with cutts and maps.

Additional Title(s):

Historia general de los hechos de los castellanos. Selections. English

London : Printed for Jer. Batley at the Dove in Pater-Noster-Row, MDCCXXV-MDCCXXVI [1725-1726]
Physical Description:
6 volumes : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 20 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
E141 .H47 1725
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Volumes 1 and 2 dated 1725; volumes 3-6 dated 1726.
An abridged translation of the first three decades of Herrera's "Historia general de los hechos de los castellanos," first published in Madrid, 1601-1615.
The preface in volume 1 is in six pages, and the headpiece to the preface and to page 1 represents a hill with a flag on top, with a sun in the background; Sig. B is under the 'a' of "Seneca."
Title page printed in red and black.
Includes decorative head- and tail-pieces and initial letters.
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, 31557
English short title catalogue, N1037
Includes index in v. 6.
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in contemporary panelled calf. Armorial bookplate from the library at Dalkeith Palace (?).
Subject Terms:
America -- Discovery and exploration -- Spanish.
America -- Early accounts to 1600.
Dalkeith Palace -- Bookplate.
Latin America -- History -- To 1600 -- Early works to 1800.
Slavery -- Latin American -- Early works to 1800.
Engravings -- 1725-1726.
Armorial bindings (Binding)
Batley, Jeremiah, -1737, publisher.
Stevens, John, -1726, translator.

  • Frontispieces and further plates include: portrait of Christopher Columbus (vol. 1).
  • 'A new map of South America' (vol. 2).
  • 'A new map of as much of North and South America ... ' (vol. 3).
  • "An hidrographical draught of Mexico as it lies in its lakes"(vol. 3)
  • portrait of Ferdinand Cortes (vol. 4)
  • minature portraits on frontispiece of 'The five most famous men in Peru and Chile' (vol. 5).
  • illustration of 'The people of Florida sacrificing their first born to the sun'.

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