Storia di America [The History of America, in Italian, with 4 hand-colored maps]

Price: 1,365.00 USD

In Venezia [Venice]: Nella stamperia Gatti a spese di Leonardo e Giammaria Fratelli Bassaglia, 1783. Second Venice Edition (first Venice edition published 1778) of Antonio Pillori's translation of The history of America (London, 1777), Books I-VIII (complete), on the discovery of America and the conquest of Mexico and Peru. A remarkably fresh, unopened set, complete in four volumes as issued, with all four folding maps colored by a contemporary hand (as with the John Carter Brown Library copy). 8vo: xxiv,240pp, with frontispiece portrait of Columbus and large folding map of the Gulf of Mexico showing Florida, Cuba, Jamaica and farther Caribbean islands; [2],5-328pp, including frontispiece portrait of Bartolomé de las Casas and large folding map of South America; [2],3-359 [p 181 misnumbered "281"; p 304, "204"],[1]pp, with frontispiece portrait of Hernán Cortés and folding map of Mexico; [4],295,[1]pp, with frontispiece portrait of Francisco Pizarro and large folding map of Middle America. Original paper-case bindings with yapped edges and manuscript titles and volume numbers to head of each spine, the text block sewn on tawed tongs (vol. iv with modern replacements). Worming to upper cover, portrait, title page, and map margins of vol. iv now expertly restored by a paper conservationist. Borba de Moraes 740 (for first English edition). "By the autumn of 1769," according to the ODNB, Robertson "began withdrawing books on America from the [Edinburgh] university library. As originally conceived, [his] project was to include the history of Spanish, Portuguese, and British colonization, though Robertson chose first to concentrate on the Spanish, which stemmed most naturally from his study of Charles V. His original intention was to complete the full history of colonization before going to press, but he decided to publish the sixteenth-century Spanish portion alone following the outbreak of hostilities with the British colonies in 1776 . . . On 28 May 1777 the History of America was published in two volumes by Strahan and Cadell in London and by Balfour in Edinburgh to a very positive reception. Its success was even more marked on the continent, where it was considered Robertson's masterpiece . . . With its dramatic sweep of narrative, combined with a provocative confrontation of two very different stages of civilization [Spanish and Native American] and a prose that was more flexible and evocative than that of his earlier books, the History of America is often regarded as Robertson's most interesting, original, and even Romantic work." Borba de Moraes credits Roberston writing the "first history of the discovery and Spanish conquest of America based on ample bibliographical information and documents . . . " N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Fine.

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