CORTÉS de Monroy y Pizarro, Hernan (1485-1547)
De Insulis Nuper Inventis Ferdinandi Cortesii ad Carolum V ... Narrationes, cum alio quodam Petri Martyris ad Clementem VII ... libello. His accesserunt Epistolae duae de felicissimo apud Indos Evangelii incremento ... Item Epitome de inventis nuper Indiae populis idololatris ad fidem Christi ... convertendis, Autore R.P.F. Nicolao Herborn ...
Cologne: ex officina Melchioris Novesiani, impensis Arnoldi Birckman, September 1532. Small folio, signed in 4s and 6s. (10 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches).  ff. Text in Latin. Woodcut title-portrait of Charles V within a woodcut border of escutcheons of Spanish provinces and towns, the portrait repeated within decorative border-pieces on A1 and F1, large ornamental woodcut initials and border-pieces in text, woodcut printer's device at end.
Later half calf and paper boards, gilt leather labels. Housed in a black morocco backed box.
Provenance: Duke of Devonshire (bookplate on the front pastedown)
A crucial edition, with many important materials published for the first time.
Second Latin edition of the second and third letters of Cortés to Emperor Charles V and the first to contain missionary reports from Yucatan and Mexico. Cortés gave his personal account of the conquest of Mexico in a series of five letters, or Cartas de Relación , which he addressed to Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor. The famed first letter was lost, making the second letter the earliest account by Cortés himself, describing the events in Mexico after his departure from Vera Cruz. The third letter continues the narrative, describing Mexican events from October 1520 to May 1522.
The present work includes the second editions in Latin of the second and third letters (translated by Petrus Savorgbabus), as well as Peter Martyr's De Insulia (a condensed version of the lost first Cortés letter); a letter from Mexico by Martin de Valencia, dated June 12, 1531, which is the first printed report from the Yucatan; a letter from Bishop Zumarraga giving an account of the Franciscan schools in Mexico, their teachers, and the Indian converts; and a letter from Nicholaus Herborn dated 1532. These last three sections appear here in this edition for the first time.
A rare edition, with only three other copies appearing in the auction records over the last thirty-five years. This copy from the library of Spencer Compton, the eighth Duke of Devonshire, with the Chatsworth bookplate.
Church 63; Harisse 168; H.V.Jones 21; Sabin 16949; Medina I, 86; Palau 63192; JCB I, 103-104; Balle 15.