The True History of the Conquest of Mexico. Captain Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Maurice Keatinge.

The True History of the Conquest of Mexico.

London: Printed for J. Wright by John Dean, 1800. 4to. 205 x 558mm. Contemporary 3/4 morocco and later cloth, repaired, original gold tooled spine preserved. Engraved bookplate of Egremont. Fine condition. Best copy available, [2: map], viii, 514 [2: Notes and Errata]. Translated from the original Spanish text by Maurice Keatinge Esq. Díaz del Castillo was a member of Cortés' original expeditionary force and participated in all its aspects, from the planning stages in Havana to the acquisition of Doña Marina as an interpreter, to the first contact with emissaries of Montezuma, through the "Noche Triste" and the murderous retreat from Tenochtitlán, to the final fall of the Aztec empire. Díaz del Castillo went on to participate in later expeditions of discovery and conquest, and was a founding father of Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala. The True History of the Conquest of Mexico remains a primary source for this dramatic and often tragic clash of the Old World with the New, and is a foundation work for any collection of Americana. Written in 1568, Díaz del Castillo's history was first published in Madrid in 1632 as Historia Verdadera de la Conquista de la Nueva España. Translated from the original Spanish by Maurice Keatinge. "All the later historians of America have acknowledged their debt to Bernal Diaz, and his work has been acclaimed one of the most valuable source books of the period" (Rosenbach 19:193). With errata leaf. Sabin 19984. First edition. Item #51-0873

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