[DIEZ DE LA CALLE, JUAN.]
Memorial y noticias sacras y reales del Imperio de las Indias Occidentales. [Madrid, 1646.]
[a]4 ◊◊-◊◊◊4 A-2F4 2F4 2G-2S4. , 172 ll. Half-title with armorial woodcut. 4to (195 x 142 mm). Early mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco spine label. Lacking some text (see below), slight marginal wear to half-title and title-pages, N1 with marginal loss, 2F gathering present in duplicate, small areas of worming to binding.
FIRST EDITION OF THIS PRIVATELY PRINTED HANDBOOK TO THE SPANISH EMPIRE IN AMERICA. Calle states that it was prepared solely for the use of the King, his cabinet and his ministers though later bibliographers theorize that it was further available to colonial officials. This printing limitation accords well with the classified nature of the data it contains. There are many important notices of discoveries and much detail and statistics on colonial administration. Folios 108-112 contain notices of the discovery of the Point and Gulf of California, including the very recent explorations of Admiral Pedro Porter y Casanate. Collation varies greatly with this work, but some text is lacking in this copy: other copies have 183 foliated leaves plus 2 brief appendices. This appears to be an early issue, without the errata leaves. Sabin 20134; Wagner Spanish Southwest 44.
Acquisition: Sotheby's, June 27, 1994, lot 378, via Maggs Bros., $3,000.