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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 Nathanael Hooke, Esq; Author of The Roman History, &c. The Third Edition. Vol. I. (II.)

Antonio de Solis

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[Historia de la conquista de Mexico, poblacion y progresos de la America Septentrional., English., Townsend., 1753.]


London:: Printed for H. Lintot; J. Whiston and B. White, at Mr. Boyle's Head, and L. Davis, at Lord Bacon's Head, both in Fleet-street; and D. Wilson, at Plato's Head, in the Strand., M.DCC.LIII.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 197 mm. (Octavo).

General Note

Vol. I: xvi, 384 p., frontis. (port., fold.), 4 pl. (fold.): 2 maps (fold.). - Vol. II: x, 386 p., 2 pl. (fold.).


Vol. I: [Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - The Preface - The Contents ... - [Text, with pl.]. - Vol. II: [T.p.] - The Contents ... - [Text, with pl.].

Responsibility Note

The second map is unsigned. All other plates are signed as engraved by J. Clark, apart from the frontispiece portrait, which is signed as engraved by Geo. Vertue after the painting by Titian, and the first plate, which is signed as designed and made by J. Schynvoet.


ESTC, T135919

Summary Note

In this edition the plates appear to be reproduced from the first English edition, 1724, as three carry the date of 1724 and three that of 1723.

The work was first published in Spanish in Mexico in 1684; and was soon translated into other languages (French 1691, Italian 1699, English 1724). Hooke's revision of Townsend's English translation was first published in 1738.

The eight plates show (Volume I) Cortés (portrait); Cortés meeting King Montezuma II; Mexico (map); Mexico City (map); Mexico City (view); great temple in Mexico City; (Volume II) Spanish brigantines engaging Mexican canoes; King Guatimozin captured by Holguin.


An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm version was published in 1986 (Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications).


Acquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

18th-century calf; rebacked in 20th century, red morocco spine-labels lettered 'Conquest Of Mexico', spines lettered 'I' and 'II'.

Name as Subject


Spaniards - Aztecs - Mexico - Mexico City - History - 16th century
Translations from Spanish - Translations into English - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Thomas Townsend, translator
Nathaniel Hooke, translator
J. Clark, engraver
George Vertue, engraver
Jacob Schijnvoet, draughtsman, engraver
Henry Lintot, publisher
John Whiston, publisher
Benjamin White, publisher
Lockyer John Davis, publisher
David Wilson, publisher