Philadelphia: David McKay, 1892. Hardcover_cloth. 5.5"x7.75'; 430 pages; Dark green cloth boards & spine w/ gilt letters on spine and gilt top edge. Faded gilt letters on spine. Edge wear. PON inscribed on first fly paper. PO book plate inside front cover. Hinge exposed muslin inside front cover. Beautiful frontispiece in B&W of Henando Cortes, Conqueror of Mexico. 1" tear in middle edge on title page. Preface 10/1/1843. Spine slightly slanted and flexible. Not x-library. No other markings besides POI. Wear to crown and heel of spine. Good -. Item #106
Vol I of three volumes.
William Hickling Prescott
U.S. historian. Born to a prosperous family, Prescott graduated from Harvard University in 1814 but was prevented by poor health and eyesight from a career in law or business. His friends, including Washington Irving, led him to his life's work: recounting the history of 16th-century Spain and its colonies. He is best known for his History of the Conquest of Mexico (1843) and History of the Conquest of Peru (1847), for which he made rigorous use of original sources, and which earned him a reputation as the first scientific U.S. historian.
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