CORTÉS, Hernan (1485-1547) & Francesco Antonio LORENZANA (1722-1804). Historia del Nueva-España, escrita por su escalarecido conquistador Hernan Cortes.Mexico: Imprenta del Superior Gobierno, del Br. D. Joseph Antonio de Hogal, 1770.
Folio (10 6/8 x 7 4/8 inches). Title-page printed in red and black with large engraved vignette (torn at the outer margin with minimal loss). Engraved frontispiece, folding plate of the great Temple of Mexico, 33 full-page engraved plates, including the plate of the Mexican calendar; and 2 folding maps. Contemporary mottled sheep (re-backed preserving the original spine, some surface wear).
Provenance: Contemporary autograph list of names signed by Diego Barrera dated Havana 4th of October 1773 tipped in at the front end papers.
First edition. An "important and highly esteemed work, containing the celebrated letters of Cortez to the Emperor Charles V. This edition is illustrated with copious notes and documents, together with facsimiles of the Mexican mode of representing the tributes paid by the different towns in Mexico. These pictures, more complete and colored like the originals are included in Lord Kingsborough's Antiquities of Mexico" (Sabin). "Pages 322-328 contain an account of the voyage of Cortes to the peninsula of California and notices of later expeditions to 1769. The map of Castillo was inserted to illustrate this account, which Lorenzana states was copied from the original in the Archives of the Marquesado, that is, of the Cortes family. Since that time the original has never appeared, so we are still at a loss to know whether Castillo or Lorenzana put the name 'California' on the map" (Wagner, "Spanish Southwest" 152). A BRIGHT AND ATTRACTIVE COPY. Palau 63204; Sabin 42065. Location note: Americana 2C. For all inquiries please contact Greg McMurray, MLS, Director, Rare Books.