Fracofvrtese (Frankfurt): Johann Wechel, 1596. Illustrated with 28 copper engravings, hand coloured, two engraved title pages hand coloured, several head and tail pieces coloured, and two-page map (not coloured).
First edition. Signatures: A-M in 4, N in 6, A-F (repeated) in 4, G in 6 (last blank lacking). Pages: (ii -blank), [1- engraved title page] - 77; 78-Brevis Insularum Qvae Ca /nariae ...- 83; 84-De Gallorum Expeditione / in Floridam ...- 108; [109 - same engraved title page as at beginning; with text: "Seqvvntvr Icones/ artisiciosae..." pasted on p. 108 below "Finis"]; 1-29 (plates and text on recto of each leaf, versos blank). This copy with expertly hand coloured plates, title pages and many head and tail pieces, likely done by the artist Juan Jorge Peoli (1825 - 1893 aka John J. Peoli) from whose library the volume comes, and now has passed to his heirs.
Folio. Approximately 35 cms x 23.5 cms; map 322mms x 395 mms, cream vellum, ornately tooled in brown ink. Tiny stabhole from front vellum cover - H3; barely visible in first few leaves, then only by touch. Vellum covers with some wear but overall very good.First set of signatures: A1 (title page) expertly repaired lower right corner, a few small spots of abrasion of paper to first blank when coloured; verso of K2 with brown ink spot covering a couple of words; N6 with old skillful repair to lower margin; occasional faint brownish staining to margin edges throughout text pages.Second set of signatures: some repairs to several leaves, some very old but skillfully done, a couple more recent expertly done, occasional small brown spots throughout.Map of America skillfully lined quite some time ago, very minimal loss of paper at bottom center fold, upper right edge and lower left edge, a little trimmed at margins. Lacking the double page plan of Cusco (supplied in facsimile).