Granada: Rene Rabut, 1581.
First Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Good Condition. Item #045439
Later acid calf, modest wear at corners and spine ends. Lacking the title, with a later printed half title bound in (likely contemporaneous with the binding), preliminaries wormed along the top margin touching some letters, tremoine on first page, final index leaf chipped and worn at the edges with loss of a few words, a few scattered light stains but mostly clean otherwise and very attractively printed in black letter (with Roman type for the preliminaries and index) with historiated initials throughout. Provenance: with the stamp of Ricardo Heredia on the half title. (7), 96, (4) leaves.
A very rare book on the cultivation of silkworms in the Yucatan printed in Granada, the center of the Spanish silk trade. Silk worms had been introduced to New Spain in 1523, and by mid-century there was a thriving silk industry. Palau II 84 ("Libro rarisimo") and Sabin 11290 ("excessively rare"). Catalogue de la bibliothèque de Ricardo Heredia 3405 (this copy). Size: Octavo (8vo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Americana; Natural History & Resources. Inventory No: 045439.