- New first free endpaper; first title sm. portion (±5x5 cm.) restored; occas. sl. foxed; final 30 lvs. w. sm. wormhole in text closed w. thin japanese and waterstained; leaf 62 of 1st part 2 sentences underlined w. ballpoint; erroneously paginated. Restored binding.
= First edition of this important early source for the history of Peru, warranted by the author below colophon. Palau 89549; Sabin 24133: "This work was forbidden to be circulated, and ordered to be destroyed by the Council of the Indies"; Howgego F26: "Fernández began his history of Peru while in South America, but later, when he had returned to Spain, on the suggestion of Sandoval, President of the Council of the Indies, enlarged the scope of his work and added to it a first part dealing with the movements of Pizarro and his followers (...) His narrative, dedicated to Philip II, covers the insurrection of Francisco Hernandez Giron, the rebellion of Gonzalo Pizarro and the administration of Pedro de la Gasca. As such it is regarded as one of the most comprehensive of the period. Garcilaso de la Vega who quoted at length from Fernández, fiercely attacked his version of the events, accusing him of partiality and animosity towards certain leading characters. Whatever the reason may have been, however, although probably because of the truth of his account, the Council of the Indies prohibited the printing and sale of Fernández' book in the provinces under its jurisdiction". Very rare. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXI.