PRESCOTT, William H. (1795-1859)
History of the Conquest of Mexico
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1843. 3 volumes, 8vo. xxxiv, 488; xviii, 480; xvi, , 524pp., plus 3 engraved portraits, 2 engraved maps and an engraved plate.
Publisher's brown cloth, elaborately blocked in blind, spine titled in gilt and with a gilt stamp reproducing the arms of Cortes. Housed in three green morocco backed slipcases.
First American edition: a cornerstone work for any collection on American literature or the historiography of Mexico. A stunning copy in original condition.
First printing of all volumes, with the errors uncorrected. "Set a new standard for the narrative type of history" (Grolier).
BAL 16340; Sabin 65262; Grolier, American Hundred 51; Hill, p. 240.