MARTYR, Peter (1499-1562)
De rebus oceanicis et novo orbe...Et item De rebus Aethiopicis, Indicis, Lusitanicis, & Hispanicis...
Cologne: Apud Gervinum Calenium & Haeredes Quentelios, 1574. Octavo. , 655, pp. Decorative woodcut initials. Several ownership inscriptions on front endpapers. A few contemporary notations in text.
Early-19th-century paper boards, gilt leather label. Ownership inscription and notations on front endpapers.
The most accessible edition of one of the foundation works of New World history.
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).
Sabin 1558; European Americana 574/1; Medina 235; Beinecke Lesser Antilles Collection 2; Bell A214; JCB (3)I:253.