ANGHIERA, PIETRO MARTIRE D' [PETER MARTYR]. 1457-1526.
De rebus oceanicis et novo orbe, decades tres. Cologne: Gervinus Calenius & heirs of Quentel, 1574.
8vo (155 x 95 mm). a-c8 A-2V8. 18th century marbled boards. Scattered waterstains at lower margin, surface of covers worn.
Provenance: Friedrich G. Naumann of Magdeburg (bookplate dated 1825).
An early edition of Peter Martyr's important account of the discovery and conquest of the New World, assembled in part through personal correspondence with Columbus, Cabot, Vespucci, Magellan, Vasco de Gama, and Cortes. He wrote eight "decades," of which the present work contains the first three, covering the years 1492 to 1516. It also contains the section De insulis nuper inventis relating Cortes' expedition to Mexico, and De babylonica legatione covering the author's own diplomatic mission to Egypt in 1501-2. In 1520 Martyr was given the new post of chronicler to the Council of the Indies by Emperor Charles V, charged with describing the explorations to the New World. By 1530 the first edition of the full eight decades was published in Alcala. Borba de Moraes II, 532; Palau 12595; Sabin 1558.