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Das vierdte Buch von der Neuwen Welt - Part 4 of De Bry's Grands Voyages

Das vierdte Buch von der Neuwen Welt - Part 4 of De Bry's Grands Voyages

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"Das vierdte Buch von der Neuwen Welt. Oder Neuwe vnd gründtliche Historien, von dem Nidergängischen Indien, so von Christophoro Columbo im Jar 1492 erstlich erfunden. Durch Hieronymum Bentzo ..."



-Rare 1st German edition

-Complete text and Plates:

-Collation:Engraved Title page, Engraved coat of arms, 8 preliminary leaves (including America Retection and Magellen), Text 1-141, Engraved Title page to plates, Plate 1-24 (of 24).

-Lacks Map

-32 x 23cm

-Tight trimming and old repairs to text, engravings and title page. Some toning. Generally Good condition.

-Late 19th Century leather binding with wear and slight loosening of the text block.

Benzoni, an Italian, acted as a mediator between different nations. The work describes life of the first nations of Central America. Benzoni wrote at a time when the Spanish treatment of the Indians was a concern, and described the cruelty of the Spanish towards the Indians and African slaves - the famous "Black legend". The work is beautifully illustrated with engravings of the Native Americans and Spanish conquistadors. It including images of Nicaraguans dancing, how they held their markets, and made war, and of slaves being harshly treated.

This part includes the celebrated engravings America Retectio, Columbus and Magallen.


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