Historia General y Natural de las Indias,
OVIEDO Y VALDEZ Gonzalo Hernandez de (1851.)
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Islas y Tierra-Firme del Mar Océano...First complete edition. 4 vols. 15 plates, including several folding. 4to. Contemporary tree calf, gilt, morocco labels to spines. cxii, 632, ; vii, 512, ; viii, 652, ; viii, 620, pp. Madrid, Imprenta de la Real Academia de la Historia,
The fourth volume consists of the third part of Oviedo's history, which had not been previously published.
This famous book gave its early readers a wealth of new material on the Spanish dominions in the New World. It was written by one of the great chroniclers of his age, a man who was a fastidious collector of information and who was, most importantly, a witness to most of what he recorded. His somewhat crude woodcuts are probably the earliest original images of the New World, but it is a pity that he was not more of a draughtsman. However, depictions of exotic cacti, various animals and other natural history specimens are laid before the European reader for the first time. The natives of the area are also shewn, along with examples of their housing, methods of river travel, and fire lighting etc., with perhaps the best illustraton showing the Indians washing gold from a river. Sabin, 57990.
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