Libroj de la Monteriaue mando escrevir [...] Rey Don Alonso de Castilla, y de Leon, ultimo deste nombre. Acrecentado por Gonçalo Argote de Molina.

Sevilla, A. Pescioni, 1582

Folio: [6]-91-[1 bl.]-25 (= 23)-[1] ff. (toned, minor spotting, marginal dampstaining in 1st and last ff.).

Richly gold-tooled brown morocco “à l’antique” by Weckesser, covers with patterns of gilt rules and corner pieces, spine on 5 raised bands, gilt 7-line ruled border inside, marbl. endpapers, a.e.g., in slipcase. Excellent copy.

First edition of the first Spanish book on hunting and also the earliest about hunting in the Americas, with 35 woodcuts, three of them representing hunting scenes in the Americas. The core of the text was written in the 14th c. at the request of Alfonso XI of Castile (1310-1350). This is the 1st printed edition, considerably enlarged by the Spanish humanist historian Gonzalo Argote de Molina (1548-1596). Molina added the section "Discurso", which - among other parts - contains chapters on hunting elephants in India and Africa and bison in Poland. It also includes 3 chapters on hunting in the New World, in Peru (Chaco, ch. 35), Mexico (Oxio, ch. 36) and the "Indias Ocidentales", the West Indies (Santo Domingo, Cuba, Tierra Firme and New Spain, ch. 37). These chapters describe the hunting of some of the curious animals of the Americas, like guanaco, vicunas and ostrich (rhea) in Peru, leopard or puma, and wild boar in Mexico, and wild bull in Venezuela and Cuba. 3 woodcuts represent such huntings. The 35 ills (18 different images, some recurring) were created by Juan de Arfe y Villafane (1535-1603) or Mateo Pérez de Alesio (1547-1628). The image of the bullfight (Discurso f. 9v [i.e. 14v]) is considered to be the 1st printed representation. Woodcut mark on 91v and at end. Text printed in two columns. Ref. Palau 16167. - Alden/Landis 582/4. - Escudero (Sevilla) 726. - Salvá 2635. - Schwerdt I:44. - Souhart 24. - Pettegree IB 7790. - Not in Sabin. Prov. Chev. A. de Melotte, i.a. the Liège collector Adrien de Melotte de Lavaux (184-1942), former Belgian diplomat in China (armorial bookpl.). - [Georges Petit].

€ 7.000 / 10.000

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