MARTYR, Peter (1499-1562)
De rebus oceanicis et novo orbe, decades tres ... Item eiusdem, De Babylonica legatione, libri III. Et item De rebus Aethiopicis, Indicis, Lusitanicis, & Hispanicis, opuscula quaedam historica doctissima, quae hodie non facile alibi reperiunter, Damiana a Goes Equitis Lusitani...
Cologne: Apud Gervinum Calenium & Haeredes Quentelios, 1574. Octavo. ,655,pp. Decorative woodcut initials. Several ownership inscriptions on front endpapers. Light toning and foxing. A few contemporary notations in text.
Contemporary vellum, tooled in blind, contemporary manuscript on spine
The collected Peter Martyr: the foremost chronicler of the New World in its earliest period, including all of his most important texts on New World discovery.
An important edition, besides all of the chronicles Martyr wrote as official historian of the Indies from 1511 to 1534, it adds two important works: Martyr's 1521 Basel letter, which contains the text of the lost first Cortés letter describing his initial landing and forays into Mexico; and Damiao de Goes' work, originally published in 1544, included by Harrisse in Additions (144). The most accessible edition of one of the foundation works of New World history.
Sabin 1558; European Americana 574/1; Medina 235; Beinecke Lesser Antilles Collection 2; Bell A214; JCB (3)I:253.