Bernal DÃ del Castillo (1495-1584) served under CortÃ© through the entire Mexican campaign, and his narrative, one of only four extant firsthand accounts, is both an invaluable hirstorical document and a spectacular epic. He was with CortÃ© when the latter sank the ships, thus committing the small band of conquistadors irrevocably to the Conquest; he was privy to the counsels of the leaders and was at hand when Montezuma was made a prisoner in his own palace. Bernal DÃ fought in over a hundred battles and skirmishes against an enemy who made living sacrifices of their prisoners. These things he saw and recorded in a bold blunt voice whose immediacy, in Maudslay’s classic translation, reaches across the centuries to invite readers to witness for themselves the horrors and wonders of the initial, apocalyptic clash between two great civilizations.
The Discovery & Conquest of Mexico by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
Black board covers with black illustrated dust jacket and like spine. Heavy wear to dust jacket but book has light edge wear and corner bumps. Clean, tight pages and binding. Published by Farrar, Straus & Cudahy in 1956. Measures 9.5 x 6 inches with 478 pages. VG History / Travel