An Introduction to the History of the Kingdoms and States of Asia, Africa and America, Both Ancient and Modern, According to the Method of Samuel Puffendorf, Counsellor of State to the Late King of Sweden.

London: Printed by R. J. for T. Newborough, at the Golden Ball, J. Knapton, at the Crown, in St. Paul's Church-Yard; and R. Burrough, 1705. 8vo, [xxiv], 621, [10(index)] pp. Contemporary panelled calf, long ago rebacked, with original backstrip laid down, and corners restored, four black morocco backstrip labels )one chipped) bordered and lettered in gilt. With the bookplate of the soldier and Jacobite William North (1678-1734), sixth Baron North and Baron Gray of Rolleston. Covers slightly worn, portion of title label lacking; with interior dampstains. A good reading copy only. First Edition. A very scarce and little-known early account of the Americas. Not surprisingly, the history of Asia occupies 414 pages ( including a long recapitulation of the Bible); while Africa receives just 100 pages, and only 110 pages are devoted to the upstart America. This final section is primarily concerned with accounts of the Aztec and Inca Empires and their conquest by the Spaniards; history and legend are thoroughly blended. Authorship of this rare compendium is usually ascribed to the failed physician and "miscellaneous writer" (DNB). Jodocus Crull, whose several historical publications included a translation into English of Baron von Pufendorf's Introduction to the History of the Principal Kingdoms and States of Europe, published in 1699. James Ford Bell Library Cat. 145. Sabin 32176 (listing only the title, and that erroneously). Item #5833

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