"Historia General de los Hechos de los Castellanos en las Islas y Tierra Firme del Mar Oceano...", Herrera y Tordesillas, Antonio de
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1726 (dated)
Color: Black & White
6.3 x 9.8 inches
16 x 24.9 cm
Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas was the official chronicler of the Spanish possessions in the Indies. His most important work, Historia General…, begins with the history of the voyages of Columbus and includes events in America up to 1554, with the suppression of the revolt of Francisco Hernandez Giron in Peru. His work was originally published in 1601 with several editions and translations thereafter, all of which are scarce. This title page is from an early 18th century edition published by Nicolas Rodriguez. The engraving includes the royal coat of arms of Spain and portraits of famous Inca chiefs. At top center is a portrait of the legendary first Sapa Inca of the Kingdom of Cusco, Ayar Manco Capac, with his magic staff. Along the sides are portraits of 12 additional chiefs of the Inca Empire.
Minor soiling with a few small abrasions with no loss of image and a tiny hole only visible when held to light. The number "2" has been written in manuscript over the engraved number "6" in the date.