Cartas de Relacion de la conquista de la Nueva Espana

Cartas de Relacion de la conquista de la Nueva Espana Facsimile Edition

Spain or Central America — 1519–1527

Unique sources on the brutal era of conquest in South America: a collection of first-hand accounts from famous conquistadors such as Hernán Cortés and Francisco Pizarro

  1. A collected volume of firsthand accounts, known as relaciónes, from various prominent Conquistadores

  2. The famous names contained in the manuscript include Hernán Cortés, Pedro Alvarado, and Francisco Pizarro

  3. These are some of the most immediate and unique sources concerning the brutal period of conquest

Cartas de Relacion de la conquista de la Nueva Espana

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Description
Cartas de Relacion de la conquista de la Nueva Espana

Rumors of untold golden treasures, lands unknown in Europe to be explored, fascination with the sophisticated culture of the Aztecs, the ruthless conquests by the Europeans - the Conquista of Central America is a multi-layered period with dazzling and exotic aspects. The present volume comes close to a live account of this eventful and exciting period: these are lively letters in which the Spanish army commander Hernán Cortés reports on the conquest of Mexico to his emperor Charles V between 1519 and 1534 as directly as was possible under the communication conditions of the time. This includes the events surrounding the brutal destruction of Aztec sites as well as the engaging description of the flora and fauna of the newly discovered territories. Names and deeds of other conquistadores like Diego Velázquez or Pedro Alvarado broaden Cortés' perspective.

Cartas de Relacion de la conquista de la Nueva Espana

The Austrian National Library has a great treasure in the manuscript stored under the shelf mark Codex Vindobonensis S. N. 1600: it is the Cartas de Relacion de la conquista de la Nueva Espana, a collected volume featuring the so-called relaciónes of some of Conquistadores and other important figures of early Spanish colonialism, as well as some important official documents. This handsome volume of the Cartas de Relacion de la conquista de la Nueva Espana contains the five so-called relaciónes of **Hernán Cortés, two relaciónes by Pedro Alvarado, the relación of Diego de Godoy, the relación of the journey of Francisco Pizarro and Diego Almagro, the message carried by Antonio Giral to Alvaro de Saavedra Ceron, and the patent authorizing the original twelve Franciscan friars to come to Mexico. These firsthand accounts make this collected volume an incomparable resource on the period of conquest that created the Spanish Empire in the New World.

First Among Conquistadors

Foremost among the authors is Hernán Cortés (1485–1547), who wrote accounts and letters of experience to his imperial master, Charles V. Since he wrote these letters immediately after the events, the descriptions are lively and vivid. Furthermore, since Cortez was not allowed to take up too much of the emperor's time, he never gets verbose. Cortez not only surpassed the other conquistadors in diplomatic and organizational skills but was also more educated than most. That he pursued his goals with the same ruthlessness as Pizarro, Almagro, Alvarado, and the other conquistadors of the New World does not diminish the interest in his accounts. Even the exaggerations (especially of figures) that are often noticeable in his letters do not change the fact that they are historical as well as cultural-historical documents of the first rank.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Letters of Relation
Size / Format
706 pages / 37.0 × 27.0 cm
Origin
Spain
Date
1519–1527
Language
Script
Cursive
Content
So-called relaciónes and other documents on the conquest of the New World
Artist / School
Previous Owners
Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico (1832-67)
Dr. Samuel Siegfried Karl Ritter von Basch (1837-1905)
Manual Orozco y Berra (1816-81)
Alfredo Chavero (1841-1906)
Don Gilberto Crespo y Martinez (1853-1917)
Joseph Mayer

Available facsimile editions:
Cartas de Relacion de la conquista de la Nueva Espana – Cod. Vindob. S. N. 1600 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria) Facsimile Edition
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1960
Facsimile Editions

#1 Cartas de Relacion de la conquista de la Nueva Espana

Binding: Half leather
Commentary: 1 volume by Josef Stummvoll, Charles Gibson, and Franz Unterkircher
Languages: English, German

Introduction by J. Stummvoll, Vienna. Commentary by C. Gibson, Iowa, codicological description by F. Unterkircher, Vienna.
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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