Madrid. Imprenta De La Real Academia De La Historia. Madrid. 1851-1855. folio, 31.2cm, in 4 volumes, cxii,632,(errata leaf) & vi,511,,(errata leaf) & viii,651,,(errata leaf) & viii,619,,(errata leaf),pp., With 11 engraved plates, 1 folding colour engraved plate, 3 maps (2 folding)in contemporary full Spanish tree calf, gilt decorated raised bands, gilt device decorations in the panels, with red and black crushed morocco labels, marbled endpapers, sprinkled edges, small oval label on the front paste-down endpapers, overall in fine condition. (cgc). Item #40577
Church De Moraes. V2-pp 644-45. "This magnificent edition is hard to find today.' Graff 3147. Howes 0-159. Sabin 5 7990. "The third part of this important history, which comprises the entire of the fourth volume, had never before been published. "This major work covers the discovery, conquest and colonization of the New World by the Spanish from 1492 to 154 7. It includes not only Oviedos own observations of the political, geographical and social aspects of Spanish colonial history, but also the natural history of the colonies he visited. He includes his own sketches of the flora, fauna and native people in his report. Having been raised in the court of Ferdinand and Isabella, Fernandez de Oviedo was in an ideal position to attest to the early development of the Spanish colonial empire. After spending some time in Italy, he was sent to Santo Domingo in 1514 to supervise gold smelting, and when he retuned to Spain in1523, he was appointed historiographer for the Indies by Emperor Charles V. This chronicle, of which a summary was first published in 1535, is the result of 35 years of travels and research. Oviedo studied documents and maps from the most famous Spanish explorers, among whom were Columbus, Magellan, Ponce de L‚on and Balboa. This edition is the first complete edition published, and was edited by Jos‚ Amador de los Rios for the Spanish Royal Academy of History.