SOLIS DE RIBANDENEYRA, Antonio de. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards. Translated from the Original Spanish of Don Antonio de Solis, Secretary and Historiographer to His Catholick Majesty, by Thomas Townsend Esq. The whole Translation Revised and Corrected by Nathaniel Hooke … The Third Edition. London: Lontot, Whiston and White, 1753.
Two volumes, 8vo. Contemporary sprinkled calf, spines with raised bands; pp. xvi, 384; x, 386, two engraved folding frontispieces, five folding plates, folding panorama and folding map; wear to extremities of the bindings, a little offsetting from endpapers and plates, two folding engravings with repairs to folds, else a very good copy with two old bookplates inside front covers.
This work, first in Spanish in 1684 and first in English in 1724, remained the standard - and most popular - work on South American history right up into the middle of the 19th century. Solis' principal sources were the letters of Hernan Cortés, the works of Francisco Lopez de Gomara, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, and some miscellaneous documents. In addition to a full account of relations between Cortés and Montezuma there is an abundance of data concerning the intimate lives of the Indians.