Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Civil Wars of Peru [Part IV: Book II]: The War of Chupas [Second Series, No. XLII]

London: Printed for The Hakluyt Society, 1918. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. XLVII, [1], 386, [2], XXXIX, [1]pp. Uncut and unopened copy. Original gilt-, and blind-stamped blue cloth, with gold lettering on spine. Pedro Cieza de León (c. 1520-1554) was a Spanish conquistador and chronicler of Peru. He is known primarily for his history and description of Peru, "Crónicas del Perú." He wrote this book in four parts, but only the first was published during his lifetime; the remaining sections were not published until the 19th and 20th centuries. Though his works are historical and narrate the events of the Spanish conquest of Peru and the civil wars among the Spaniards*, much of their importance lies in his detailed descriptions of geography, ethnography, flora and fauna. He was the first European to describe some native Peruvian animal species and vegetables. This volume forms part of the original Book II of Cieza's "Civil Wars of Peru," translated and edited by Sir Clements R. Markham. For other sections of the same source, in volumes variously titled, see Second Series 31 and 54. This volume is complete with its full-page plates and maps. Minor age-toning to spine. Upper corner of pages slightly bumped. Binding and interior in overall good+ condition. g+. Item #39261

* About the Battle of Chupas: After the assassination of Francisco Pizarro, in retaliation for his father's execution in 1538, Diego de Almagro II, El Mozo, continued to press claims as the rightful ruler of Peru and as leader of his father's supporters. His claims were largely unsuccessful, however, as Pizarro was succeeded as governor by Cristóbal Vaca de Castro, despite claims from his brother Gonzalo Pizarro, whose claims to join arms against the Almagristas and "El Mozo" largely remained unanswered. Desperate not to face the same fate as his father after the battle of Las Salinas, Diego de Almagro II gathered an army of supporters. Vaca de Castro met and defeated de Almagro's army outside Cuzco at Chupas, on 16 September 1542, the year following Pizarro's murder. De Almagro was executed the same day on the city plaza after a brief trial. 1200 Spaniards fought in the battle. Vaca de Castro's forces killed 200 Almagristas, and hung many more later that day (from Wikipedia).

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