VASCONSELOS: A ROMANCE OF THE NEW WORLD by Frank Cooper [pseudonym]. New York: Redfield, 110 and 112 Nassau Street, 1853. 12mo, pp. [1-4] 1-531 [532: blank], nineteenth-century three-quarter red calf and pebbled cloth, spine panel ruled, tooled and lettered in gold, edges sprinkled red, yellow coated endpapers. First edition. A fantasy of history set mostly in the present-day southeastern United States during the expedition, 1539-1542, of Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto, which landed in central Florida in the Tampa Bay region, traveled north into Georgia, and explored areas of North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. De Soto's expedition crossed the Mississippi River (the first documented Europeans to do so) and traveled westward through modern-day Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Eventually the Spaniards returned to the shore of the Mississippi River in Arkansas where De Soto became ill and died of a fever. The novel tells of a romance between Philip Vasconselos, a soldier in de Soto's army, and Coçalla, princess of a somewhat imaginary Aztec-type tribe of Native Americas (there was a historical Cofitachequi, a female chief, who gave her tribe's pearls, food and other goods to the Spanish soldiers). Vasconselos stays in America, marries Coçalla, and becomes king of Cofachiqui, an Indian nation located in the present-day South Carolina. BAL 18143. Wright II: 2232. Not in Teitler-Locke (but probably should have been listed). Rebound without the four leaves of advertising matter at the rear. Calf a bit rubbed, light scattered foxing, a very good copy. This copy was formerly part of Stuart Teitler's collection of lost race fiction. Scarce in the trade. (#164392).
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