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MARIANA, Juan de.

The General History of Spain.

From the Peopling of it by Tubal, till the Death of King Ferdinand, who united the Crowns of Castile and Aragon. With a Continuation to the Death of King Philip III. Written in Spanish by the R.F.F. John de Mariana. To which are added, Two Supplements, the first by F. Ferdinand Camargo y Salcedo, the other by F. Basil Varen de Soto, bringing it down to the Present Reign. The Whole translated from the Spanish. By John Stevens.

London: Richard Sare, Francis Saunders and Thomas Bennet, 1699 Stock Code: 93999
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A Jesuit covers Muslim Spain with "admirable objectivity"

First edition in English, and still the only complete edition, of "the standard work on Spanish history up to the 18th century which does not merely report events in lucid chronological order and with admirable objectivity, but includes analyses of the mechanisms of princely power" (Braun, Juan de Mariana and Early Modern Spanish Political Thought, p. 2). First published in Latin at Toledo in 1592 as Historiae de rebus hispaniae, the text was updated by Mariana down to the death of Philip III in 1621. In 1601 Mariana first published his own Spanish translation of the work, from which this English translation was taken. The English work includes two supplements further extending the chronology of the narrative: one by H. Camargo y Salgado covering 1621-1649, and one by B. Varen de Soto covering 1650-1669. Juan de Mariana (1535?-1624), a native of Talavera de la Reina, became a Jesuit at Simancas, studied at the University of Alcalá and taught in Rome, Loreto, Sicily, Paris, and the Low Countries.

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Folio (348 x 215 mm). Contemporary panelled calf, expertly rebacked with the original spine laid down, red morocco label, raised bands, compartments gilt with attractive scrolled corner-tools enclosing a large floral lozenge.


From the collection of British Arabist and colonial officer Col. S. B. Miles (1838-1914), with his widow's bequest plate to Bath Public Library to the front pastedown, and associated inked shelf-mark and blind-stamps as usual, together with an early 20th-century bookseller's ticket (Meehan of Bath) and the pencilled inscription "This book belonged to Professor Mitford". A little rubbed, some neat restoration to extremities, contents browned, a good copy.


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