London: T. Woodward, 1724. hardcover. Secretary and Historiographer to His Catholick Majesty. By James Townsend. , 163, 252, 152pp. Five parts in one volume. Complete with 7 engraved plates, one folding, one double-paged. 2 maps. Folio, modern tan leather, top half of text and illustrations are moderately dampstained throughout, front cover with small areas of light dampstaining. London: T. Woodward, 1724. First Edition in English. good.
Author was the official chronologer of the Spanish Indies and was an official in the office of the Secretary of State. George Ticknor valued this work as full of great deeds, dangerous adventures and horrrendous crimes. The description of events can scarcely be found elsewhere. "The Historia, covering the years between the appointment of Cortes to command the invading force and the fall of the city of Mexico, deservedly ranks as a Spanish prose classic." Hill p. 278. Palau 318693. Sabin 86487. The text, plates, and maps are all bright.