Barcelona: Imprenta de Ivan Pablo Marti, por Francisco Barnola Impressor, 1701. 14 lvs, -10, 9-38, 1 lv.,  pp., 39-268, 257-476 pp. Sm. 8vo. Contemporary vellum, title lettered in manuscript. First edition. Boards soiled, hinges and small tears neatly repaired, owner's bookplate on front pastedown, corner chip to front endpaper, later inscription on verso of half-title, occasional browning, overall a very good copy. Palau 33684. Sabin 6797. Medina, BHA 2027. Leclerc 75. Ticknor p.42. Inncencio II: 642. Item #35982
Numerous errors in pagination. A heroic poem on the discovery of America by Columbus and the Spanish conquests - influenced most likely by Bacon's view of conquest as philosophical, rather than just military- written in Spanish by the Portuguese born writer Francisco Botello de Moraes (1670-1747) who lived most of his life in Spain and Italy. Composed in his youth and never completed, with gaps left blank at a number of stanzas (libro i, stanza 78-107; ii. 60-80 ; iii. 103-143; vi. 88-228; vii. 54-73, 87-128, 157-176; viii. 17-77, 102-301, 311-363; ix, 1-200, 222-262, 281-381, 383-449, 502-522; x. 134-162, 198-298). For an excellent discussion of Botello de Moraes see See Ruth Hill: Sceptres and Sciences in the Spains: four humanists and the new philosophy, pp. 191-244. Provenance: Ex Libris José M. Rodriguez MCMXXXVIII/ Bibliotheca Chizigonana on front pastedown.