ACOSTA, Jose de (ca 1539-1600). The Naturall and Morall Historie of the East and West Indies. Translated from Spanish into English by E[dward] G[rimston (attributed to)].London: Val: Sims for Edward Blount and William Aspley, 1604.

$ 12,500.00

Small 4to., (7 2/8 x 5 2/8 inches). Engraved head- and tail-pieces and initials (lacking first and last blanks, a bit browned.) 18th-century tree calf (rebacked to style, some surface wear to the covers).  

"The most convincing, detailed, and reliable account of the riches and new things of America" (Hill)  

First edition in English, originally published in Salamanca in 1588. A missionary in Peru from 1571 to 1576, Acosta then travelled extensively in Mexico: "He provided great detail in his descriptions of sailing directions, trading commodities, etc. Consequently, his work revealed to the rest of Europe the great wealth that Spain was drawing from America. Eventually spain grew more secretive in these matters. Acosta gives important accounts of the Strait of Magellan and the navigators who had sailed through to the Pacific." (Hill). Alden & Landis 604/1; Arents "Tobacco" 67; Church 328; Hill 4; Hogwego A7; JCB (3) II:24; Sabin 131; STC 94.