History of the Conquest of Mexico, with a Preliminary View of the Ancient Mexican Civilization and the Life of the Conqueror Hernando Cortes, in Two Volumes (Library Edition)

By: Prescott, William H.

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No jacket. No publisher date (Preface dated 1843.) Bookplate and ink name on front paste-down endpaper of both volumes. A few faint stains on page ridge of second volume. We have more books available by this author!. Two volume set. Top page ridges gilt. It is a magnificent epic, said William H. Prescott after the publication of History of the Conquest of Mexico in 1843. Since then, his sweeping account of Cortés's subjugation of the Aztec people has endured as a landmark work of scholarship and dramatic storytelling. This pioneering study presents a compelling view of the clash of civilizations that reverberates in Latin America to this day. Regarded simply from the standpoint of literary criticism, the Conquest of Mexico is Prescott's masterpiece, judged his biographer Harry Thurston Peck. More than that, it is one of the most brilliant examples which the English language possesses of literary art applied to historical narration. . . . Here, as nowhere else, has Prescott succeeded in delineating character. All the chief actors of his great historic drama not only live and breathe, but they are as distinctly differentiated as they must have been in life. Cortés and his lieutenants are persons whom we actually come to know in the pages of Pres-cott. . . . Over against these brilliant figures stands the melancholy form of Montezuma, around whom, even from the first, one feels gathering the darkness of his coming fate. He reminds one of some hero of Greek tragedy, doomed to destruction and intensely conscious of it, yet striving in vain against the decree of an inexorable destiny. . . . [Prescott] transmuted the acquisitions of laborious research into an enduring monument of pure literature.

Title: History of the Conquest of Mexico, with a Preliminary View of the Ancient Mexican Civilization and the Life of the Conqueror Hernando Cortes, in Two Volumes (Library Edition)

Author: Prescott, William H.

Categories: Latin America,

Publisher: The Publishers Plate Renting Company: 1843

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 2288782

Keywords: HISTORY MEXICO,