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LAS CASAS Barthaolomaei (1640.)
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con la traduttione in Italiano di Francesco Bersabita. Third Italian translation, printed in double column with the Spanish and Italian texts side by side. 4to. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, headcap chipped, extremities rubbed. (viii), 150, (2), 118, (2), (12), xvii, 31-184, 155, (3)pp. Venice, Marco Ginammi, 1643, 1636, 1644 &
At the age of twenty-four Las Casas sailed on Columbus's third voyage to the New World in 1498. He became the first Catholic priest to be ordained in America, but is remembered for the nine tracts written in defence of the native Indian peoples of Spanish America. This translation, ascribed to Giacomo Castellani, is one of the first and most famous of these tracts attacking the cruelties of Spanish rule in the Indies, including Jamaica, Trinidad, Florida, Rio de la Plata and Peru. "Written in 1540, and submitted to the Emperor and council in MS... [it] remains to-day almost unparalleled in the vigor of its composition and the nobility of its design" (Field). Sabin, 11242; cf. Field, p215/6; Howgego, L68.
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